Bird Salad

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A collage of ideas and images proliferating like clouds of blackbirds, a maze of rabbits, thickets of blackberry vines, thorny and sweet; delicious trips, stumbling over half-hidden nurse-logs into unexpected places.

Size, Speed and Distance

I

Mad
-scientist, I
drink deep of an ancient
elixir distilled at midnight from
the sweat of gods and a few
common herbs

and I

begin to shrink at a steady, relentless rate, I shrink
as walls, desk-top, chair-arms whoosh up, I sink
into the cushion I’ve been sitting on, I sink
between threads thick as hawsers, beneath
my reaching feet land on
a filament of fibre dwindling
into a single
molecule
col
l
a
p
s
i
n
g
in-
to
in-
fin-
ity
in
an
in-
stant,

I

become

a universe.