Obsidian’s Edge 6

10:00 am
Dark is her Shop

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1

I buy two liters of white mescal,
cheap and rough,
without the second brewing:
fire water, not smooth.

Two liters:
she sells them in
an old Coke bottle
she’ll seal with cellophane,
and a rubber band.

Six worms I buy.
Bedraggled fighters
dragging smoky trails
as they plummet
through a yellow sea.

2

In the shop next door
I buy poinsettias.
When I get home,
I put them in a vase
and watch them watching me.

Red poinsettias:
bloodstains scratching
a white-washed wall.

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Misshapen gems
in a ceramic prison,
their beauty
breaks me down:
decimated words,
worlds
born from mescal.

3

The eyes I see
are not eyes
because I see them:
they are eyes because

… twin brown ovals …

they watch me
as they float in a liquid mirror
within the upraised glass.

4

Outside,
beyond the balcony,
sun blood melts
like sealing wax.

The bougainvillea
strains sharp stains
through a lonesome
slice of sunlight
giving birth to
flamboyán and tulipán.

5

My lemon tree
leans over to listen.
Glistening pearls of dew
embellish its morning throat.
Christmas decorations
these postage stamp songbirds
thronging each twitching branch.

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Butterflies,
winged flakes of archaic paint,
flutter from temple walls
leaving them barren and bare.

Church towers,
strong when terra firma shakes,
quiver insubstantial.

Mescal melts the morning:
a quiver of shimmering air.

 

9 thoughts on “Obsidian’s Edge 6

  1. Thank you, Tanya. I didn’t have a photo of a mescal shop, so I used one of an old bicycle repair shop … with a dark doorway. There was a love snap of the dark interior of a fruit shop, too … I’ll use that one day.

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  2. Oh my goodness, I almost missed this one. I saw Obsidian’s Edge 7 up today and checked your recent posts. Anyway, Roger, these continue to amaze me. You use such dense and beautiful imagery. Such a feast of words! On to to number 7…

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  3. I enjoyed this one the most, from the Obsidian’s Edge series. Roger, I will miss the next 3 weeks’ of Writers Group. Preparing for Ontario tomorrow, actually in Ontario thereafter. I’ll be back on June 28th. Cheers, Chuck

    On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 9:52 AM, rogermoorepoetdotcom wrote:

    > rogermoorepoet posted: “10:00 am Dark is her Shop 1 I buy two liters of > white mescal, cheap and rough, without the second brewing: fire water, not > smooth. Two liters: she sells them in an old Coke bottle she’ll seal with > cellophane, and a rubber band. Six worms I buy. Bedraggl” >

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