Tuesday, May 4, 2010


by Gideon Burton

Severe with clotting time, the hours limp
uneven. The ragged mesh of grief
constricts in webbing layers. Pressures crimp
and bind, directionless and blind. A steep
crevasse engulfs and swallows, rough with black
and icy bouldered walls. A grizzled foam,
pollutants heavy in its vaporing cracks,
pours in its choking mass of poisoned loam.
A time is fixed to our arrival, days
to count as child and spirit meld their breath.
But time unhinges, lost within a maze,
when soul from body's ripped in sudden death.
     The time is out of joint and bent askew,
     its weight outweighed in weighing days too few.

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