I sleep beneath the tire marks
on roads of eggshell bones,
carried by the bubble birds
in their serrated beaks from caves
where rainy pebbles fall,
clattering on my roof, taking fluid forms.
I was painting my house with Dulux
when a whirlpool wind came calling.
It was fleeing from the west,
from particulate mirages and miracles of water.
A row of thorny plants was swept aloft:
roses, for which I didn’t care,
but it blew the paint away
and took my hair as well.
I apologized to my neighbor.
Her house was streaked vermillion now,
and hairier than I’d expected.
I promised I would shave it, in the early hours,
when glows the light in eastern bedrooms,
and bring her coffee, spill it on the sheets.
I see you at my kitchen window.
My hair has taken root out here,
I must shave it every day.
Her gold-rimmed glasses stared me down,
like a fierce librarian.
Every index needs a book, I told myself,
and confessed selected sins.
I am toasterless, lacking microwaves,
an oven, or a stove.
Though air is cheap enough and breathable,
I envy your electrics,
your kilojoules of heat,
and I mentioned choc-chip muffins
on a platter.
She removed temptation’s tray.
There is nothing in between
the creature and the infinite recursion,
reflecting you in me.
How do you spend your day,
when you’ve finished with my house?
I pass my time pretending—
some people have too little,
others have too much.
Supply demands negotiation;
I trade mine for ice cream futures.
Icy glasses, frozen stare, part two.
Did she know about my unpaid fines?
Close your eyes, and taste and guess.
It was ice cream, sweetened
from the freezer to the temperature
of a probable librarian.
The options of the morning all were hers,
and still my mind was turning.
I’ve noticed nests of woven hair
and wind-blown Dulux
in your jacaranda tree.
For the safety of the birds,
I recommend that I remove the paint.
Such clever plans, she whispered,
and suggested I should stop.
There are blue caves in the sky, Louisa sleeps there; Dulux is a trademark of a spiderweb of companies.
you are here (detail above).