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Mark Goodwin - cycle of five poems (from "In Twigs Nor Sky"):

Mark Goodwin

cycle of five poems (from In Twigs Nor Sky):


each

each pick a long
grass

each
repeat

each

bring grass
strands

each believe
grasses vibrate as

speech’s 
breeze

rubs and
registers

on 

green

edges 


now

only six twigs
away from

enough

to build
a hut

fit for
a fat

furry
bumble

bee but
no hope

of keeping

such a
vibrating

wandering
being 


thirty-one long dried
yellow grasses

for cordage

six sun-faded
crisp packets

will do for flags

three orange
plastic shopping bags

to catch
some day’s

last breath

the hull a
half

rotted log
of willow

and the crew
well

the crew
are neon

pale projections
from a

device

to elaborate
gratitude’s

berry-laden
wreath

begin in
spring

autumn’s
total &

intricate
last

ritual

each

each pick 
up a twig 

repeat
then

each bring

twigs
each make

a twig’s

snap/crack
( but do

yet do
n’t

believe it’s
twigs

that speak )

each

each make a
twig tripod

for an acorn 
cauldron

each 
build

a twig
frame

for a hut

and each
make each

twig a
covenant



Copyright © Mark Goodwin, 2021

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