kite in confession
Quel poulpe reculant dans le ciel . . .
a provoqué ce tragique encrage
de la situation ?
zenith in the chitin trench, chitin crust,
with which you're christened
world's greatest gasworks,
striking straight two days or more—
blue was the outlook of earth
inched closer to the skytent; by steeplechase, spytower
azimuth-long in in-
firmaries, over and over and overwhelming unblue
without song. merely a muffled tin-tone,
halfsilent this harshdull sound (rather
brassy)—country of clouds
bullied as my troughheart
harassed as my troughheart
stripped to scabgrowth,
to skyscab, the colorfast
unheavenly glaring at you.
welling you one. a round of H5N1-ers, V-ing
in the chitin-pomp
of blank-abstention, engraved in flight,
trios pierced in chitin: these birds
as guilloche fans. i count twelve
of a late-march-morning, cross hatching
the chitin. and below, the graft-chimera.
suddenly a throng lifts
from the wetlands, like the time before.
by the cowslip of jerusalem, by lungwort
and fiddleneck, by cyanotic hound's tongue! a chitin
teases your blue; deafens you
. . . starred-over fright . . .
heart busts up.
blaze of hazeblue
fevering tides of light.
past glossier smoothness : cloudriptide—
a drumstrike on loosened hide; ionontone,
cross-eyed; the pastcalendar cattlebrands
swiftly dimmed. if the stars steal away
from the indigolite, sub rosa, at night
into my house, i'll let the sky, morose and
restless with its milkmarsh, ride free no more.
and if the stars descended, dropped in from their
indigolite, i'd check them all, one by one,
for the wobbling eyestone. (you promised me, father,
before you died, in a hurried note, that one night
when moon and 'mare tumble,
you'll laugh and hit the light.) past
the flickering site : STARSSHUTOFF,
a dovebeat now that drives the vault lays waste
to the sunswarm, nut lies barren and i
search and search past earth. and if the stars
are snuffed in their indigolite, the greatnight
shines nevertheless : an echoing laugh,
lightarc chiming from the past, orphaned
stitched-up in black
in camelseam, cimmerian, a magnet :
there is no guard against you. your
high-pride solitariness, your grandiose
eggshell daintiness (utterly pressing
cloudblanched); no herb helps
even the old wives' goats-
beard fails. veered night
translated from the German by Joshua Daniel Edwin