OBEMATA

 

My body, this river

 

...barks.

Axes open wombs.

Carpenter, woodpecker fill up the holes.

 

Chamber. Nest.

 

I lie like the dry bed of the river,

washed, squeezed, riversand.

 

I am the bed, the log. I am the stone.

 

The river is the embalmer's hands:

cut me, wash me and let me hang out, dry. 

 

The carpenter's hand is a ruler, a chisel:

measure my bed 

earth-end to the bend of my shoulder.

 

seal the chamber of rest,

drive nails of guilt.

 

Christ like I.

 

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Sentinel Poetry #34

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September 2005  ISSN 1479-425X

Editor: Amatoritsero Ede