Selections from wormwood, earth and honey

by Catherine Edmunds

fly

 

on the last voyage she froze

legs turned blue, angular

wings yellowed

feet stuck to poison

 

come spring

her desiccated body fell through twigs

a stray hair

a piece of ash

 

crushed underfoot by horses

giving birth to spring

she disappeared altogether

 

ten thousand offspring

never knew

as their fat bodies squelched through the flesh

of the dead and dying

 

 

bike

 

he sat on his motorbike

garish, resplendent,

in periwig, surcoat and pantaloons

 

he waited

we waited

they waited

all waited

for the fish underneath him to ripen

 

and when it did

the fumes exuded

took him to Tajikistan

(and back)

and then all the way to France

 

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