Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Your house is place of mirrors
and carnivals.
A yellowing wedding gown hangs
next to a trapeze.
Cobwebs have covered
the windows.
A fortune teller
hides behind the lace
of the mind's eye –
Yes, you
are the keeper
of strange things :
the miniature menageries,
the obese mermaid,
the sperm whale and
two-headed Madonna.
Summers have passed;
boys have grown.
A shrill train
inhabits. You
are aging. Your
hands shake as
you try and operate
the key.
In the basement, you
fix a pigeon wing,
a cat's misplaced
leg. You bleed for
small things
no one knows or
misses. And when
you leave,
the darkness pulls
back its possession.


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