Saturday, 21 June 2014

Haunted Cat

Image by Su Joy






The fragrance
of moss below snow.

As soon as you
pick up the scent
it vanishes.

Transient
perfume
of dreams.

Graveyards spiced
with tawny-black
strands and shreds
blended with earth.

A brine of yawns,
the white whiskers

draw a smile
across space

tuned to trace
whatever’s out there
in the pewter
sky cloud.

Treacle bubbles in a cauldron.
Black sound with gold puddles
burbling in the cave of bones.

Listen carefully…

a symphony,

the ululations
between fish,
planktons,
planets

the whole starry shebang.

Slow ghost foam
pneumatic hiss
breakers whisper
the shore…

Conjuring trick of pink
blancmange in a jelly mould.
A white plate, an abracadabra
sleight of octogenarian hand.

Immaculate tremble
on an oaken gate-legged table.
Rainbow of mackerel fur
tigering the fluid shape.
Fits the glove, like a winter’s hand.

Travels the night sky
as a witch on her
moonlit broomstick. 

Sydney Opera House
mice locators,
spheres within shells
set with perfect symmetry
above snake-yellow

reptile
elliptical
eyes,

the spine-sharp tongue,
the scissor shear teeth

body going one way,
ears turned another,

a clue to the
moon’s mood,

the star’s claw
as we retract

sequential thinking
into a padded sleep.

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