To tame and cure this trembling house
The owners have lovingly cancelled out the roadway
With whale songs in door hinges, steady Balearic beats
And downtempo deep house soundscapes.
Built in 1950 and meticulously updated by an old friend
Who came to mend a broken affection and smudged
‘Unstable elements’ with a burning offering of sage
Because surely, someone must have died here.
The house’s heart lies at the very end of a long corridor.
The beginning of the universe is buried right under our feet.
If frogs are known as indicator species, take one through
The generous living room as an indicator of future happiness.
We’re most vulnerable at both ends of the arrow.
Inside the open fireplace, glass is an unbreakable honeyed mass,
At its most fragile as it spools and cools into form, invisible
Until it cracks against the wings of sparrows.
MOUNTAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD
‘… one of them caught our eye, the one in the centre… heading towards the mountains…’
Werner Herzog, Encounters at the End of the World
The mountain is not indifferent
to our incantations or the slow rumble
of magma that wakes the wilderness’ malice.
My eyes are the first in 30,000 years
to see pigment blown over hollow bones
on the cave’s face.
Last night I dreamt I carried my own hands.
The city of gold exists
because we trust our eyes.
There was a time when we were first
spoke the very first word
told the first lie, made the first kill
felt the first wave of remorse
only to forget for the first time.
Who imitated the cicadas first
stole their tymbals, climbed the tree
and made the first drum?
I storyboarded this dream
a jump cut the signal cycle two rhythms
of the traffic light
tick tick tick
and the red hand
on the red man
could be the same hand
making art in blood
One of them catches my eye
the one in the centre
heading towards the mountain
to the soundtrack of eagle screams
and leopard growls
and like him, I want to live
between actuality and narrative
– humiliating the landscape.
Beating his own breast
drinking from the opened ground
the first monkey climbs him, claims him
as the mountain.