life underfoot water years
turning bare marvels
mirror overwhelms grave
us, is called paper
"raw rain / below..."
With One Of The World's Inks
Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is
another word altogether
for Wormswork, packing by spots
avalanche hungers wide-mouthed
"each package luxuriant of snags"
reed's keyhole | conscience-crease
Virginia pointed too through train cars
"Out --" , not prophesying, swept herself
under the train,
she's buried here, but
once she pointed out
Blaise Pascal's dead,
with reeds still tigers
once she loved laboratory mud
obscurely knew rascality and palmistry
never sport, seldom a wink
often alligator tear renovation
still she was part of the best flock imaginable
drink in that hair music, Drinking Reed, with
the rest of those word detractors
flying substituted with packing by spots
("crease - liquids" -- or is that
"crease - snags"? --, and "often - added")
saw the avalanche, here a telegenic rockslide
such as you have, or might see, outside this poem,
had many a rock with many a shiny spot mirroring
Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is...
with "Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is ..."
Jeff Harrison has publications from Writers Forum, Persistencia Press, and Furniture Press. He has e-books from BlazeVOX and Argotist Ebooks. His poetry has appeared in An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions), Noon: An Anthology of Short Poems (Isobar Press), three Meritage Press hay(na)ku anthologies, Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics, Otoliths, Moria, and elsewhere. Jeff recommends the American Red Cross.