a list of common enemies
demarcations of ticking clocks
treachery of digital clocks after dark
rupture of alarm clocks
this roiling state of alarm
stationed in bathroom
watchful in hallway
the reflective surface of household objects
glint of knife
stealing light from steel grey sky
ice creep creak in brittle lungs
grinding, the world turns
that is, money
that is, incarcerate taxonomy of human worth
the violence of deed and word
and so tantalising
grasp it in
present remedies (garden friends)
ordinary struggles repeating through time
receding blue of hollow sky
or the sharp line of moonlight
cutting a path
prose accepts, poetry rebels
slip the leash of gender
on the brink
liquid heatfrom tangled rootssurging
Spring coil circle back.
Stockwell London SW4.
"prose accepts, poetry rebels": quoted from The Return to Poetry by Laurence Binyon, published in Rhythm Spring 1912.
"trembling/on the brink": quoted from The Katherine Mansfield Notebooks (in turn quoted in Richard Cappuccio’s essay Katherine Mansfield’s Russian Mask: Boris Petrovsky and the Poetry of Rhythm).
Think of it as three strands of care – caring for, caring about, caring with – plaited with three strands of listening: listening to, listening for, listening with.