Tuesday, 26 January 2016

A Girl made of Squares Rattles on the Bridge

A girl made of squares rattles on the bridge

She wears a dress all thin 
From the house of knife thrower
With tears to let the wind in
Our beneficial daggers 
Keep Miss
Miss
Missing

The whip-crack sound is left
A coin sized button or two 
Could shield the river's breath
The two sides of Velcro do
Not match
Match
Match-O

This pale black ringmistress
Stands tall with empty hat
The fat seals clap in judgement 
The 10 scores acrobat 
Her Back
Back
Back flip

Anonymous splash in wavy capitals
As tourists snap to remember
Stops breathing to forget
The deathly clowns last tear
From ear
To ear
To down there

Just a cardboard name plate left
On her circus office door
Headstone t' bereft
Read aloud folks just once more:
Out
Out
Out to lunch

2015

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