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December 03, 2009

The Gadsdens, Sailor Song



Earthworm

earthworm dry


There is not a lot to say about a dirty earthworm. It’s dirty. It’s an earthworm. It’s a dirty earthworm.
It squirms like it can be compressed into a single, pink ball without breaking. It is perfect. Earthworms are never starched. They cannot be confused with the mourning collar of a parish vicar. Burrowing through their mud-pit, I doubt if they question why they can’t spend their lives lounging on a plush armchair reading Dostoyevsky and complaining that their tea is just a little too hot and their children a little too smug.
If silver, each of its rings would gleam, gleam with each of its lazy contractions. It would curve itself around my wrist and be my super-amazing-awesome-bracelet...but it is pink. It is mushy. It is the wrong sort of supple. It would fall, fall and die to enable my indulgence. Oh, Earthworm. Oh, martyr.
No, there is not a lot to say about a dirt-sodden earthworm. Perhaps, one day, they will become extinct and nothing would change. I will miss rescuing them from pavements. I will miss saving them from the grubby mouths of seven year old boys who think that just because The Twits made worm spaghetti it’s OK-COOL to eat them. Oh, Earthworm. Oh, martyr.


Walking Home, I Saw

red riding


Walking home, I saw

a black lady
walking the street
with a CRIMEWATCH
logo emblazoned
above her left
bosom.

Walking home, I saw

the same patch of
vomit on the corner
of the street
that was there
two weeks
ago;

The vomit, not the
street.
Although, I suppose,
the street as well.
The same street
with the black lady

who walked, cross
armed, past me
with her blue,
zip-up,
CRIMEWATCH
hoodie.


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