Over and against | the storm, the solitary raindrop | that touches your face | is out of balance but is | what you feel | a sharp cool | point of salience || I am empty | like a ship that has | had its cargo removed | grain or salt | tractors | toys || Float lighter | without purpose | awaiting the grip | of a burden which | never arrives || She wrote that the clouds were like mourners | awaiting the birth of rain || Trailing a squall of gulls | up the slope | the farmer | steers and climbs | the ploughed earth’s | pleats curve and | swirl the field | When the wheat comes | and takes off its dress | the ripening is so | naked…

Holding up the next sign, the new | sign | the one you care for or are | paid for | the horned sign, the crooked | sign | the most pressing, the inevitable, the essential, the necessary | sign | this sign || that sign || How fast it all | seems to happen | these days || Yes, and he was | right | how the current of the | past | takes us and we | push on into it | ceaselessly with our | future wishes… || Night is gliding | over the face of the Earth and the dawn is | breaking | over the face of the Earth | one chasing the other | a dream subsiding | into the grind, the grind | shot through with | threads of Eros, strands of adventure! | on-rushing | to subside in | a new dream | or maybe | an old dream you have | forgotten? || Bonding | all by | choosing some and | losing all | that is the scrape of | fiction and life | the hot | gates | we form, for better or for worse | we open our global | mouths and | bite off | some fragment of a | desired locale | the quiet bed, the | orange trees in flower, the | nursery with BingBing and yellow | velvet-skinned | Boulogne || But don’t be | fooled || Like the carcase of | antelope or | deer | In the Graveyard of Ships | the beached hulks | rust and | are lit | by the abrasive | stars as | angle-grinders | take back the wounded parts | towards the shining cave | of another whole

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from the series fleeting pixel (series of 1,000 poems, 2012–2016)

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