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Issue #1553      27 June 2012

Poem

Amphibious

That year it rained relentlessly –
falling slowly in broad, grey sheets.

Down rain-stroked avenues
passed strangers who raised
their eyes like wet child kisses
to meet yours – beneath eves
and branches where glowing
elements of water clung and fell
with erratic, liquid rhythm:

all in the dream-vaulted slowness
of an ocean floor stroll.

Along winding lanes, across
grass-waving parklands or
looking out the open window
to search where the wings of birds
once traced their flight
against a startling block
of cobalt sky …

People moved in that time,
day in, day out, as though
the city was constructed
in a huge labyrinth of
undersea caves echoing
clip-slip-drip.

Hearing it first thing – caressing
torrents or a soft slapping
smack-on-flesh insistence: sometimes
a clatter like crabs
scurrying across the roof,

and we, there, in the pearly light
examining the opaque webs
that flesh our fingers together.

 

Tom Pearson

 

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