be have words play
scribe de fiance

pre fix broken breast swell
mis tresses miss pell mell

joiner re join duress
wood worker and seam stress

cruel treatment of one an other
two fer one love, one mother

he builds her a place
to hang from her face

an express shun
remorseful pun

lava word splayed
buried poem prayed

the fun in the said
a name in her stead

he lies in her bed

time stops in
jammed high road streets
and exhumes the people
their underground coffee

cri de coeur spray
their mirror-shine
see thru people shields

uniquely packaged
they wait for strokes of
luckless inspiration
poise incarceration

death they hazard
in the soft shoulder marsh
on memory peat they already see
paper flowers and a Jesus

good husband loving father
your laugh your smile
wear now the detour
it is the new way home

for lorn umber
color folk its
yellow yolk
its brown yoke
between two farm animals:
a thousand were kings
philosophy mined
their pigment their sound
their names made or found
foreign graft unwound
live stock culture
it took between
to make same:
whole of piece
yes of no
a word is their child

reception the out
sidereal book:
read define fine
with each star word glance
connective tissue soothes
soothsayers their runny eyes
feel and can’t see
pupils lately dilate
at the podium:
listless listening
for wind upon water

there were no words