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Lead, Antimony, Bismuth Where the tracks used to be The room of leaves
A Cup of Light Spitting Pips  
     

SPITTING PIPS

 
1. SUMMER
__(tree)
 

The hazel is for dividing —
bows that bend,
a wand to point

2. SUMMER
__(city) 

__crane tops meet grey
__no magic here

3. SUMMER
__(hill walk)

after the climb
we flop and gape at clouds
dreaming Cockaigne

4. NO SEASON
__(middle age)
__a few lines of a book
__these days

5. MOON


moon symbols —
each journal becomes
a list of things to do in time

6. AUTUMN
__(age)
__my reflective muse
__rejects decline

7. AUTUMN
__(age)
downhill racers' club,
got my sere and yellow pass
let's go gentles!

8. AUTUMN
__(insects)
__come September
__the tiny golden flies are back

9. NO SEASON
__(river)
float in the eddies
get to know
the pools and bends

10. LOVE
___(body)
__she’s skinny-dipped and covered
__in drips on her bumps

11. HUMAN LIFE
___(birthday)
loud gaps — gone
family dispersed
to dusk flight

12. HUMAN LIFE
___(loss)
__I shout I'm alone and wake
__to the tickle of your lips

13. HUMAN LIFE
___(phenomena)
at dinner
we wait for someone
but who?

14. WINTER
___(food)
__melted ice stains the cloth
__with isles and lakes

15. WINTER
___(sound)
the rich liquid trickle
of the water fountain
in audiology

16. WINTER
___(garden)
__amid dead spiders I watch
__drumming rain souse my bonfire

17. WINTER
___(walk)
to warm ourselves
we talk whisky and fruit cake
for five sodden miles

18. TRAVEL
___(Japan)
__all the best malts lined
__up above a bar in Kyoto

19. TRAVEL
___(bicycle)
as if cycling homeward
pedalled legs go round
the bike grunges uphill

20. TRAVEL
___(rail)
__the vixen on the bank
__stares unfazed at our train

21. MOON
___(journey)
Dad can't explain why
however fast we go
the moon stays with us

22. HUMAN LIFE
___(self)
__there in the window
__the beard has gone

23. LOVE
___(self)
chanced mirror to face
large roundedness,
vanished skinny bones

24. LOVE
___(marriage)
__is it me or has this bed
__got smaller since we bought it?

25. LOVE
___(loss)
the harder I scrub
this grease mark off the wall
the more I remember

26. NO SEASON
___

__a postcard for Ludwig
__signed, ‘love Pinsent’

27. NO SEASON
___(city)
I hold my breath
unrested metal arm sweeps —
narrowly misses

28. NO SEASON
___(sport)
__a better bat, he'd've said,
__would've snicked it t't' keeper

29. NO SEASON
___(friendship)
friends from the past call
we catch up awkwardly —
end up spitting pips

30. CITY
___(past)
__an inflatable pig
__flew over Battersea

31. CITY
___(divination)
Chung Fu, Inner Truth
and the difficulty of influence,
fishes that circle in a bowl

32. CITY
___(mind, body split)
__the snags life changes bring, hands
__trawl about a tube of steroid

33. SPRING
___(garden)
you're taking chances:
left yer dahlias in the ground
all bloomin' winter?

34. SPRING
___(burial)
__you curse dry sticks, hard earth,
__I say they'll look different in May

35. SPRING
___(flower, blossom)
rub it in your palms
then split the milky fibre,
blow the broken rush

36. SPRING
___
__drifted in on the breeze
__a waterless landscape.

a kasen renga in Summer
composed by correspondence, June–July 2006
Eileen Bonner, Alec Finlay, Rachel Knowles & Chris Wood.

VERSE ATTRIBUTIONS


JO 1-AF; 2-EB; 3-CW; 4-RK; 5-AF; 6-EB; 7-CW; 8-RK.

HA
9-AF; 10-AF;11-EB;12-CW; 13-RK; 14-AF; 15-EB; 16-CW; 17-RK; 18-AF; 19-EB; 20-CW; 21-RK; 22-AF; 23-EB; 24-CW; 25-RK; 26-AF; 27-EB; 28-CW.

KYU
29-CW; 30-RK; 31-AF; 32-EB; 33-CW; 34-RK; 35-AF; 36-EB.

 





 
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