Though I think of youeating three tiny chicken hearts on a skewer
or the skinny girl at schoolwith shallow breathing and white hands,
chicken-hearted means easily frightened,and has nothing to do with the heart.
A Crown prince is a male heir to a sovereign throne.A Crown princess
is the wife of a Crown prince.
Though I think of opening our door to a postman we were told had died
the month before, postman’s knock is a game where imaginary letters
are exchanged for kisses
and has nothing to do with dead men at the door.
Inner man – the soul or mind, the stomach.For inner woman see
INNER MAN Camelopard is not a hybrid of a camel and a leopard.
Though I think of a line of cow hearts strung up by the
side of a road in Kochin, blurry with flies, their tubes open to the sky like bird mouths,
a purple heart is nothing but an amphetamine or a US military decoration.
Simplicity is a rainbird.A rainbird is a bird that can forewarn of rain.
Butter-and-eggs is not butter and eggs, but a plant with two shades of yellow in its flower.
Daffodil, toadflax, bunny mouths, dead men’s bones, impudent lawyer, Jacob’s ladder,
lion’s mouth, snapdragon.
Though I am listing flowers I am not thinking of flowers.
two poems - The Quietus
a little trio - The Manchester Review
a loner - BroadCast
teeny tiny - And Other Poems
two weirdoes - B O D Y