The dawn stops dead in its ascent
Spewing flames and sparks below it.
(For the record, for we all know it).
Mooncalf. A mother giving rebuke.
Iridescent blackbirds on roof-ridges.
(These roofs are on our own heads.)
She doesn’t understand this tongue
But receives it in her mouth for life.
(In slo mo, for the sake of illusions.)
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