Tourist

and that night, she grated her face upon a palm tree

cause mama pays special heed to splinters and spines

stumbles on a bus home

gets on for free, takes lots of pictures

imagines she could kill the world over, and over, and over, like turning

soil and replanting

and that night, she lied about everything

she imagines she could lie herself to a different place

stumbles back on pavement, wonders what a car feels like

if it could take her to space.

to ocean. and that night, she knows you are following her

and that night, she screams at traffic lights,

because she knows she’s gonna die

and that night, she just says hurry, hurry, hurry

get it over with, i’m tired of the slow creeping

just fucking split me open to bitumen, bleed me out,

try and love me with your choker hold,

try not to love me at all, try not love making corpses out of me

and that night, she watches boys in the distance

playing football under stage lights

remembers running for her life

being taught

to love, being hated

 

 

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Tourist

lollipop lady

a thick arm or two leaned on and out of car door windows

and told her to purr like a kitten, so maybe she taught herself

the lollipop lady, sweet as anything, like ferry to the other side

keep your loose change in your shoes, she purrs like an engine

why lollipop? says short stuff on the kerbside one day, kicking

sour peaches. cause all of them are sweet i suppose, but maybe 

it’s the shape. short stuff picks up another, sour peach, hurls it

at the boy who stole her loose change, knocks him off of bike

down street rolling like her laughter out her belly. she laughs

like a sour old man and purrs for the lollipop lady. for a long time,

though it would get her, sweets, treats and sugar things. it doesn’t.

lollipop lady

roadsidekillings

laying in the strip of grass
roadside
a body sunken
the corpse of a possum struck from the
sky, now flat and resting
settling in for the long sleep
it’s exciting when they change the ad posters
at the bus stops
in this suburb
makes you feel less
deserted
neighborhoods have a funny way of
doing that
they hold you so close and tight
you begin quickly
to feel isolated
nobody really lives here
they are all pretending
to be wives, to be husbands, to be daughters, to be sons, and dogs, and old couples across the street
when I pretend, i pretend to be dead

roadsidekillings

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Lanham/leagues/german flag (installed in house)/skeleton house/alien telephone (we talk to the stars)/birds and birds and birds and fish/

metallic man with abs (shine)/tinsel/Wolvenhampton/there are small stumpish palm trees that cannot breathe/smoking in designated areas only/jagged sky/green bruise, there, on her arm/

Marilyn Monroe/Warhol(e) banana/

Thomas Brown/   transmission   /new! look!/birds and birds and dead fish/netted pink fence (just a stain)/investment/Inglis/Carroll/round and round and round/

church full of holes/and a tower/and white crosses/here/

Stain/dental (like what?)/Hewitt/Ada/gospel (70s font-ie not fashionable)/the red tree!/(false)ocean/Swan/Oakwal/Victoria/vampire/

(there is a church on every hill)

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noroad/manwearingashirtwhichreads: SHE ONLY DREAMS IN COLOUR/

red diamonds

Howard/88/blueandgrey/…tonalityvaried…/small tree wearing a JACKET!/Gracemear/Bill’nington/Beatson/Plymouth/Royal/white/Pickering/7days/over 1000/magura/

please

station/fittingbay/Wardell/van(exotic lettering)/Urdcott/South Pine/285-281/Marcelline/wreath/fieldsandfields(cows used to live there)/

PLEASE?

alien/booster/TGX:06 (gold and black)/

pinkbluebluebluebluebluebluebluebluepink

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visitors/286VFU/Wilston/Macgregor/Katherine/two birds/Ambuklea/rich people already live here/Mars/27-3

barking dogs 

weeper/Ruth/2/risehigh/safety/Nuvasive/CAYAS/Heather/335/the pleasure is yours/a single eye with very long hair/table thirty/stain court/white fur on their shoulder blades, see!/dog dog/red and pink (what a pussy)/small/i can’t remember when last i kissed you/

100!100!100!100!

Lamont/orange/mantriestofixhisgirlfriendscar/skin stretched over bone/Montpellier/Vale/5/fairy light stairs/distant lights (probably houses)/moths unfurl in dust/turnleftonlyunlessyouwannadie/Inglis/Dover/the most expensive street in this suburb/

OHSHITTHEYWEREACTUALLYCHRISTMASLIGHTS

Melvin/thehousewheresomebodyisdeadinside (there’s is actually a cat now)/LIGHTSHOW!!!/red dead on the bitchimun/the sun left us/why  does  it  always  do  that /

yellow line/white line/

stop

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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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