Patched up | Mended, partially | Sifting through trash heaps | sorting | setting aside | saving | discarding | Living in an airline disaster | waiting | not hearing | A glitter of scattered debris | fragments | bags | bodies | Hauling wreckage across fields | Driving | Hitching | Tamping | Bracing | Borrowing, bolstering | Forcing to fit | Hammering, bashing | Burrowing | Stripping for parts | varnishing | coating | cannibalising | Hunting for timber | eggs | kindling | Carving | Sharpening | Queuing for gas | cutting out coupons | Searching for rope | string | twine | to lash the tarpaulin | to poles | rods | branches | Adapting | Finessing | Swap in | Rip out | Ease out | Slip out | Knock out | Make do | Stopgaps, in place for years | It will win us time | Cleaning | Coaxing | Begging | Bailing | Scraping together | lavishing | cobbling together | spunking | holding together | rotting | Covering | Coping | Keeping together | Botching | Taking short cuts | Running for trains | Upturned boats | Umpteenth night | in budget hotel rooms | Winding up | Winching in | Scaffolding | Amassing debts | Scouring the hull | pan | horizon | Fish-hooks and tacks | pins and threads | knots | unravelling | Adjusting for loss | Drawing up plans | Postponing | Managing expectations | re-focusing priorities | problem solving | Noticing erosion | Missing erasures | Flying repairs | Temporary measures

 


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

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