penance poem

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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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