A Hundred Gourds 4:1 December 2014

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Un Coeur en Hiver

(Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F major)

making guesses
about a dead king's feelings
jumping fish

let's roll it that stone from the grave

the grace of light
how fleeting we kiss
dead gold

not as we predicted: a star vanished


we had a dream of pillars and bridges

bits of the body
now deserts – weapons
might help

'nough said about death let's make it happen

is it a sickness?
that longing that stems
from mud?


establishing democracy
a blue snake with
our genes

let's eat god before he eats us

a little more
than a shadow – the room
we are born in

screaming the metal despair in Abraham's sky


virginal fluids if that's what it takes to rise

swoon and sway
the lizard of the spine
now on her wall

rush the angels demons scarabs rush

it's that time
of the year – unwillingly
feeding the black dog

Johannes S. H. Bjerg

Un Coeur en Hiver: fr. - A Heart in Winter

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