skin porous & florid ooze
the not quite
citrus or physical
as if she is
made of snowflakes different
minute by minute
slowly melting into soft vapour
dark & wide enough
for a man to drown in liquid tension
Her pupils suggest I should fill her
with Verpa lingam lap rocket
the subtle prefer to call
played by fingers & thumb
& she is
soles flat to my nape; worth
every second of delayed fall
compelled to spawn & after
milk white pearls
as essence on rippled sheets
© Talia Hardy 2016
You reach in to lace edged surf,
snatch his crescent moon from her crib.
The water is too warm. Is there a pulse?
As if to offer milk you hold him close.
Shrieks attract more of your species who snap sacred flesh
reflecting a million gold and silver scales.
Such curious smiles you bait ball his body.
When the last air left froth corrupted lungs
No one heard his mother’s cries. Still you hug
that strong urge to capture an all-important picture.
Yes that one—long beak to human nose.
The one you delete after he is dumped
like a plastic toy in the footprint
you leave behind for Argentine waves to collect.
© Natalia Spencer. 2016
Tired of chalk faces & clay women who disowned self
decades ago, I grasp time as you tease
dormant geraniums back to life.
Each year your garden takes on more colour—mostly reds
while you grow more silver than woodland mist.
So often I see the girl melted into glass.
She’s there when she flamencos in her tulip skirt, slim calves
synchronised to earth rhythms.
I saw her the day she stepped out on rhinestone heels
to collect her degree. Strange flower
forgive the habitual hellos & goodbyes.
I’m a simple man made mutant.
Landslip & drugs have that effect— and we,
we often hang ourselves over brooks, rebirth
from misshapen clouds. Strange flower
if your belly sags you are not a balloon
drifted along my skyline to be popped
in preference for longer legs.
You are helium, my Dead Sea parted
a Sitar I’ll never pluck again.
©Natalia Spencer 2016
Humid. Clouds bleed orangey-red
I look to a bent tree and wait.
Quiet punctuations rise from heather.
White spots clap above body– a male
glides to bent trees and bent lands
at the lip of our universe,
I have seen this same male perch
Large tell-tale black eyes, that white moustache
Goat Sucker, xylophone of Charon, you call
ku-ick twice and launch sky pale as clay
On The Victoria Line the rolling stock
feels old and grout fails mosaics. Back then
we were corpuscles pumped through a Titan’s body.
I asked if we could go there. You said Brixton
connections were too infrequent to warrant
the journey. Now, rush hour net throws up errors
like that pale blue horizon. Somehow
your name appears as an audio credit and Bowie’s
asterism is the wrong way round.
Not much further past Kings Cross, a grey man
probes what follows after The Great I Am
robs passports, boots and sedatives.
You are less traceable than a comet. And
his thunderbolt should point at the right clavicle.
Still too close to the heart.
Out in cold air black ice has done its work. Again
I buy flowers. Slip them to ground. Bowie’s face
shines like eloquent graffiti.
He rises through shin high water. Tells me
tissues are not needed here. But you and him
were branches of a huge brachial artery.
Walthamstow. Central to your existence.
Brixton. A Giant’s fingertip.
©Natalia Spencer 2016
Imo David Bowie 2016
Imo Stephen Hardy 2011