penance poem


penance poem  ( meop ecnanep  )


i shall paint the humber bridge

with a toothbrush & a prayer


yeah, i’ll count the shifting clouds

of a breezy afternoon


i shall sweep the forest floor

& the oceans undertow


with a hop but not a skip

& feed the planet’s gannets


i will raise the dodo so

from the dozy realms of death


& then deck the rubber walls

in them halls of amenti


as i sing the hymn of sisyphus

& tantalus’s tongue


’til the forty fourth of august

underneath the blue moonbeams





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