Big wings dawns dark.
The sun is hunting.
Thunder collects, under granite eyebrows.
The horizons are ravenous.
The dark mountain has an electric eye.
The sun lowers its meat-hook.
His spread fingers measure a heaven, then a heaven.
His ancestors worship only him
And his children’s children cry to him alone.
His trapeze is a continent.
The sun is looking for fuel
With the gaze of a guillotine.
And already the white hare crouches at the sacrifice,
Already the fawn stumbles to offer itself up
And the wolf-cub weeps to be chosen.
The huddle-shawled lightning-faced warrior
Stamps his shaggy-trousered dance
On an altar of blood.
The river is a beautiful idle woman.
The day’s August burn-out has distilled
A heady sundowner.
She lies back. She is tipsy and bored.
She lolls on her deep couch. And a long thigh
Lifts from the flash of her silks.
Adoring trees, kneeling, ogreish eunuchs
Comb out her spread hair, massage her fingers.
She stretches – and an ecstasy tightens
Over her skin, and deep in her gold body
Thrills spasm and dissolve. She drowses.
Her half-dreams lift out of her, light-minded
Love-pact suicides. Copulation and death.
She stirs her love-potion – ooze of balsam
Thickened with fish-mucous and algae.
You stand under leaves, your feet in shallows.
She eyes you steadily from the beginning of the world.