IN THE TUMBLE, BEDSHEETS ROLL A BURN-THROUGH STING. A Poem by Benedict Downing

 
 
 
Vestiges of yesterday,
the touch:
contoured force of weight,
map of the route,
stride at the beach,
cutting out,
a stone figure of the story,
incised epicurean scars,
saltwater on our feet,
second of soaked ooze,
locked
at the moist goo,
to chew
a purple behavior,
drooping
in the swim,
bite the cherry,
pelting ego
to climb within,
necks are
ten feet long,
legs grappled
flapping equation,
answers
for the triangle,
a shade
that stirs,
tied on
webs
of munched ground,
a shrub to care,
stooped
bones
buoy up crack.
 
 
Perpendicular
drawn on spine,
scratched limbs,
soaky meat,
bestowed fat,
sit on a roof,
pile up cubist
entrails,
left lobe,
intestines,
kidneys,
right lobe,
the corpse in view,
burn through
the drawing,
memories of omitted
childhood toys,
the put-together valve,
meat sourced from various donors,
cushioned
construction to press,
three pieces,
not at all a perfect fit,
disparate dimensions,
blamed on size,
pellets and screws
bolt the amalgamated
steel
weighted on each step,
the stride squeezes
our lower ventricle.
 
 
Roots of the walnuts
hanged below,
as support
they rise
watching
inaudibly,
marvel at
the burning ashes
on the casserole,
fired blaze,
trails on the moving picture
strangers
guessing figures,
three blackboards
solve the equation,
place a blindfold to sleep it off.
 
 
Out here,
the ceiling remains
on sketches,
placed to
awaken at the scent,
tie a pendant to hang
the smirched dahlia
on a necklace,
scaled buds on
derma peel,
as the spit skims,
walnuts are slow
to sprout branches,
let us sit across
the chalk design,
out of the inflated chamber.
 
 
A tin cup,
pour the beverage,
comb your hair,
the jagged leather,
ripped wounds,
outside the sewn thread,
our hair may want partings.

 
 
Author bio:
 
Benedict Downing has written fiction, poetry since his adolescence. He joined local community reading circles, workshops, college literary groups, and ventured into his own. Has published fiction and poetry in literary magazines and journals. He is currently working in his second novel.
 
There are two published books written by Mr.Downing. A poetry book “Sidereal Reflux” (2011) and a novel “Epicrisis” (2014).

ISBN-13: 978-1499783056 Sidereal Reflux (Poetry)
ISBN-13: 978-1499774993 Epicrisis (Novel)

www.benedictdowning.com.
 
 
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