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31/12/2009

a year of beaded insects   of holy mountains ravines    and black-backed shoals unhinging   from gravity’s press   the circle complete then    kiss me and tell   is your heart still mine?

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30/12/2009

these word mysteries are circles connected   shaved heads and  filigree leaf    the act becoming image    taxi driver with a red dragon’s eye

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29/12/2009

our bodies remember   this heady wash of current and desire   pungent scent of  ghost money burning

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28/12/2009

I am writing a history of the present   of all possible directions   a tattoo to snare the sun   and spiral out to muscle’s edge

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27/12/2009

blind hours watching through   darkness the night sky   wildest of cities till morning    stars consumed by the mouth of light

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26/12/2009

at the dog end of christmas  the phone call heavy with pauses   thick slabs of monsoon    rain across the Tasman

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25/12/2009

these christmas lights   a library of multicoloured souls   strung windows reflecting heaven  and circular life beneath

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24/12/2009

we are a broad church   dogma to the left and right   your hip joining mine   a sleep that would not close over us

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23/12/2009

we balance between    stillness and movement    the smell of divinity    the hospital’s airless regiment

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22/12/2009

never as we expected   a lurching momentum that stalls in  mid-air    the day’s judgemental colours  combine to a single   black    result

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21/12/2009

out of intensive care   you catch yourself breathing   deeply   as if the air were a given    not a precious ore dug    deep from the bleeding earth

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20/12/2009

walking here the whitest streets   counting the votes of trees   branches dreaming of fire    of new moons and soft tidal winds

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19/12/2009

you chase after your breath    climbing the oxygen rope   hand over hand   these inadequate lungs    this gasping faith

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18/12/2009

if I walk on my hands    these boots will last    another week   but such escapes   are only ever    temporary

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17/12/2009

liquid streams from your eyes   as with a cyclist riding   into a stiff breeze   or a diver    surfacing from beneath the ice

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16/12/2009

I want to steal back speech   run naked after your amsterdam bicycle    journey deep into the jigsaw hills

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15/12/2009

the evening light casts doubt   on shape and density the deeds of love   what is retained in shadow   our inability to reveal more   than slowly aging bodies

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14/12/2009

in the service of doubt    my chest is ripped open   the mythic language   the dead houses    designate this affliction   wind engaging our seared eyelids

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13/12/2009

a heart’s beating-room    raises new stars    above the engine moon   the woman in shadow    reciting one hundred stanzas

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12/12/2009

so how to collect the bright astronomy    and number the clay science?    how more to open bones   and crack in union   voice to marrow?

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11/12/2009

this then    a description of the moment    the romance of ginger    the faint scent of almond blossom    the memory of a time when    all great feats seemed possible

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10/12/2009

I sleep   without nightmares   without dreams    my sleeves caught in the edges    of heaven and earth

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09/12/2009

tired of fighting we cling    to the wooden sides    of the cart rolling with the night     currents not daring to look    at each other lost    in the frozen tundra

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08/12/2009

we seek in the present    from every angle a mirror    the trick  to see through the surface     to cockabully silver      parading beauties of the pier

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07/12/2009

you filch grapes from a paperbag    furtive as a village thief     studying your fingernails     tracing the half-moon grooves of dirt

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06/12/2009

resting in my arms   a frail ghost observing   morning sirens across the city    automatic fire from the outskirts   not even close

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05/12/2009

I walk my anger through     the streets plant my fury stick    on the outskirts of town    there is noise but no    meaning lamplight shadows me    like a cowering dog

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04/12/2009

beneath a dying umbrella friday    evening down pour blood    pools around her head    life lifting and falling with    historian’s shoulders

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03/12/2009

we are story tellers both    limbs entwined bodies    sharing epic songs   the house-gods’ night-green    and winking number    the hours insist on

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02/12/2009

the light is changing    I must  collect my thoughts    yours the impulse to touch    to well-spring language    my own aspect a hidden    darker account

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01/12/2009

first day of summer the wind’s     salty bluster at South Head    a red striped lighthouse    the keeper a survivor himself    of such seas fierce and steepling