Wednesday 9 November 2011

Poem by the Danish poet
Johannes L. Madsen (1942-2000)

spilt out sputtering with acid

        spilt out sputtering with acid
and with all thoughts ignited flailing
                        in divided mandarins
                separated and fully ripe lapping
        in green light and flight
                        with indifferent touches
                                sucked through the minute
                        seething with juice and spilt out
                from hopscotch and mandarins
        hopping on the flower
                in clumsy circles above
                        mirror-like puddles into
                                a face of smoke and no
                        fire ignited sputtering
                of mandarins but a face
        smoking with acid flash
and corroding in someone’s corneas

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