skinvisible

 

              facing each other
              one truth apart — Kevin Gillam

 

i this
    thing
        itchy with text

 

Your voice is an underground stream
hiding small eyeless creatures
Touching you is breaking something

 

again we
    pass
        masked
in black
    filmed
        skinvisible
the huge unsaid
    suspended
        wired

 

again we
    pass
        filmed
in black
    framed
        in bits
skinvisible
    maintain our com-
        position

 

particles ex-
    changed only
        in theory
functions col-
    lapsed only
        in thought

 

Your voice is an underground stream
Touching you is

 

i this thing itchy
    with text
        breaking something

 

 

 

Turnings

 

              Return is how the Way moves. — Lao Tzu

 

not enough windows — electric light at noon


electric light at noon — not enough windows

 

 

a wood stove just like
my mother’s — rusting away

 

rusting away — my mother’s
like just a wood stove

 

 

a garden screen, weathered planks
hung on firm posts — my yoga wall

 

my yoga wall — hung on firm posts,
weathered planks screen a garden

 

 

a chime made
     of tuned aluminium tubes
     suspended by little strings
in what seems to be silence

 

silence in what seems to be
     suspended by little strings
     of tuned aluminium tubes
made a chime

 

 

References

Lao-Tzu and Le Guin, U K 1997 Lao Tzu: Tao te ching, Boston: Shambhala

Le Guin, U K 2012 Finding my elegy: new and selected poems 1960-2010, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt