The Surf

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out in the surf

out in the surf they have no money their course is confused compelled to obey by pain compliance, out in the surf

sharpened at the end by the roughest of sea tides the foremast broke off the men were ashamed the dreadnought did atrophy press ganged again

we are flightless birds the great auk the dodo, clubbed with a broken bar

extinct and banished

out in the surf

our loincloths ripped open

the old sunburnt animal

picking the shore

siphoning and spouting up-G chord

scabrously sporting scars

many eyed and hungering picked at by seagulls

restlessly eating

out in the surf the old men are surfing

the sun cooks them up

like chemotherapeutic atrocity TV

out in the surf

the legs of the ocean the wild legs of the forties

breaks down the hull

the ice cuts it open heaviest storm


from "THAN THOU", released July 28, 2016



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