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Poem of the Day

To Imagine an Alphabet

Sinead Morrissey

Too far back to imagine
It all was dissolved
Under soft black strokes
Of a Chinese brush
Diminishing the fatness
Of original things

Animal legs and human legs were emptied of flesh and blood

Patterns from flattened
Ants or a lake drained the facts
That are trees in Winter
The spokes of the world went down
In a language that
Went everywhere, stayed put

Put out what you want a woman and man to be the picture will hold that too

There are stories in skeletons
And after the three fluid
Lines that are Mountain, the four
That are Fire, Ice as a stroke
On the left side of Water -
Problem is Tree in a Box

I hear moaning and see constriction in a picture the colour is cinnamon
     the taste is chalk

A mind is inside the lines
All of it and sooner or later
Sex is everywhere, money
Rice-fields, wives are mostly
Under the roof, to Like
Is Woman with Child

I get lost in a landscape of noisy ideas that cross and flare in fireworks of strokes

Like a child who paints a smile
Over signatures makes Yin
And Yang (two kissing fish)
A rising sun in a field
Of wheat, I draw windows leaking
On the kanji for Rain

I make my moon round my forest has branches my people are walking with arms
     and a head

And then murder comes, a second
Killing, so softly I'm deaf
At the second of entrance.
My pictures defy the eyes.
I see Lamentation as five falling stars,
Grief abroad and walking,

And a terrible stag, flames shooting from his heart, as he prepares to walk and preach.
Taken from 'New Poetries II'...
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