Toenails

when she/he got drunk last night, she/he painted her/his toenails red

imagined it was your blood

he/she told me this, with slur and kisses (too many)

then her/his mother called, and he/she pretended to be sober, unsuccessfully

she/he told me about the red, and the blood, and then how he/she wasn’t a violent drunk at all

her/his mouth opened up and red poppies felt their way out into opiate parcels, and i was kissed again, and he/she decided that it was all okay

and for once

i believed her/him

Toenails

Stray Horizontals

she opens her eyes…

the blinds…they aren’t all closed…

i stand, adjusting the few stray horizontals

i lay back down…

…storms rolling in from the southwest, making the journey to sea, batter the house…

she opens her eyes…

whats that at the window…it keeps rapping

i smile

what like eminem?

no…

she bats my face sleepily

it’s just the wind, from the storm. 

okay. 

our eyes close again.

…at 2am, i wake, a small sound next to my bed, and i turn

(A VERY SHADOWSHAPE STANDS AT THE EDGE OF MY BED WITHOUT A FACE OR FEET AND MOANS)

i give it the finger and mumble;

fuck off, i’m sleeping with the cutest girl in the whole world

(we all sleep)

 

Stray Horizontals

Landscape: we can help!

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sneakers stung up on the skyline/018ASE/Days/185/thomas/
WRIGHT PROPERTY/3352 4455/we can help!/dryan.com /Evenlyn/Stevenson/123/2-56/86/
OTTO (what  utter  trash)
wooden spoon/jigsaw puzzle car with top hat passengers/

no pos(t)ers/angry stoner in green van/roadside assist/pink/white/
yellow/

c9932/cicada’s (not Japanese ones)/

THREELETTERARRANGEMENTSINAROWTHATALMOSTMADESIGNIFIERS/
RIVER1 (personalised plate)/pink pink pink/three shades/give (a)way/

stupid white boy backs up (in stupid ute)

…trampoline (in skeletal form)…

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Landscape: we can help!

LANDSCAPE: 100-78

START OF LANDSCAPE

Montrose/Thistle/Stirling/Bedford/Archer/29/74/(7)2/Gilbert/Fuller/Daphne/Jean/66(that’stwicenow)/Ferres/100-78/

cactuschokedtree/andjeep/Meecham/mapletree/Oxbridge/redredred/christmaslights/SixtyFour/maninhousehidesfromview/

soccerclub/lighthouse (stadiumlights)/TOM LIGHTBODY STAND/brokenbirdnest/construction site(richpeoplewilllivethere)/

Prince/thathousewherethatgaycouplelive/(theystayinsidemostly)/rottenjasmineblooms

END OF LANDSCAPE

LANDSCAPE: 100-78

Boy with conch shell:Comfort

boy walks to school

with conch shell

pressed deeply into

his satchel

every time a stranger

walks close by

boy clutches it for comfort

feeling sea salt on his

fingertips

licks them clean

as the sun peers at him

always on a funny angle

boy walks into school confidently

smiling

eyes searching

for familiar face

but finally

dull and muffled

he hears the laughter

pointing fingers tell his eyes the reason

his satchel

damp and dripping

boy quickly runs to the bushes down the side of the music block and pulls out conch shell

which bursts from his hands

like a hot tap

water frothing out

boy stands over it

sobbing quietly

conch shell doing a better job

(obviously)

then suddenly the world becomes very loud as the grade 2 teacher boxes boy’s ear

when the ringing stops

he catches

we told you not to bring it in

it’s going to flood this area

take it away

throw it in the river

make it stop boy

but boy doesn’t know how he never knows

the answer

Boy with conch shell:Comfort

Bus time is no time

…………………hunger is an interesting object at the best of times…………..

(especially when you are reasonably well off)…………………………………….

…………but let me tell you ……………………………………………………………

…………if you forget nothing else…………………………………………………..

…………if you’re hungry remember that when you ride on a bus…………….

…………the vibrations of the vehicle……………………………………………….

…………trick your brain into thinking……………………………………………..

…………it is the cause of discomfort………………………………………………..

or in other words………………………………………………………………………..

…………………………………….you no longer hunger for anything……………

(that’s why when you travel by bus to my bedroom you loose so much time darling)

Bus time is no time