PROTECTION, ADVANCED FLANK, REAR GUARDS AND OUTPOSTS

PROTECTION, ADVANCED FLANK, REAR GUARDS AND OUTPOSTS

a drawer of rusted hinges / screws / nails (bent) / screwdrivers / saws / pliers / lightbulbs

inside the door an old bedside table / a drawer of rusted hinges / screws / nails (bent)

inside the door an old bedside table / screwdrivers / saws / pliers / lightbulbs

forks / spades / a watering can / a bucket with a hole / flowerpots

a dining room chair / things that cannot be seen / forks / spades / a watering can

a dining room chair / things that cannot be seen / a bucket with a hole / flowerpots

the world / to grieve / smoke his cigarettes / and think what he’d leave me

he came to the shed to escape / the world / to grieve / smoke his cigarettes

he came to the shed to escape / and think what he’d leave me

THE BROKEN THREAD

the holy mountain for the first time / you must write a haiku / on the experience

the tour guide says that when you visit / the holy mountain for the first time

the tour guide says that when you visit / you must write a haiku / on the experience

it was an inferno / of traffic and people / eyes were greedy / with claws in teeth and belly

when arrived at the fifth and final station / it was an inferno / of traffic and people

when arrived at the fifth and final station / eyes were greedy / with claws in teeth and belly

in that old 5/7/5 syllabic form / “a statement of the bleedin’ obvious”

I sat down at a table / where others were writing / in that old 5/7/5 syllabic form

I sat down at a table / where others were writing / “a statement of the bleedin’ obvious”

Mount Fuji: a hill                           Mount Fuji has lost                 Hello Mount Fuji:

where cyclists tourists traders      its innocence to ring tones     an explosion of life

and pilgrims worship                    toilets and car parks               my hopes fears and dreams

back on board the coach / told how people came to Mount Fuji / to die

that will have to do as the Guide waved us / back on board the coach

that will have to do as the Guide waved us / told how people came to Mount Fuji / to die

bodies are badly decomposed / at night they scream for company

suicide by starvation / hanging / mob murders / bodies are badly decomposed

suicide by starvation / hanging / mob murders / at night they scream for company

that bodies magically disappear / the Demon Forest is home for abandoned souls

but the Japanese want the illusion / that bodies magically disappear

but the Japanese want the illusion / the Demon Forest is home for abandoned souls

NOTES ON KIT

by the created remains of my parents / but it doesn’t care less

this Elizabeth Rose has been fertilised / by the created remains of my parents

this Elizabeth Rose has been fertilised / but it doesn’t care less

all the rose wants are food / water and sun / like those of us walking through life

I could have put them anywhere / all the rose wants are food / water and sun

I could have put them anywhere / like those of us walking through life

like a pharaoh or warrior chief / how can I explain their absence

he’s taken everything with him / like a pharaoh or warrior chief

he’s taken everything with him / how can I explain their absence

GUIDE TO COURT MARTIAL PROCEDURE

as I describe my simple and persistent sadness / from that abandoned garden

my eyes tell me of distances / as I describe my simple and persistent sadness

my eyes tell me of distances / from that abandoned garden

to hear your words Mother / to feel your fingertips on my face Mother

I want to become a child again / to hear your words Mother

I want to become a child again / to feel your fingertips on my face Mother

not the way you kept things secret / not your cooking or sudden tempers

Mother I miss you so much but / not the way you kept things secret

Mother I miss you so much but / not your cooking or sudden tempers

you never told me of the cancer / you never told me of the pain

Mother you never said you’ll be leaving / you never told me of the cancer

Mother you never said you’ll be leaving / you never told me of the pain

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