17 July 2010

Dirty

This is mainly about sweat and the nastiness of NY summer.

Mainly.


Dirty 7/17

Pearls of sweat peaking on arms
            hairs thick with glue            a lashing of skin
Hovering wet cold            an icy grip over pores

Fingers move the dirt in circles            make pudding
                        of the flesh

Collect the spheres on thread
wear them            crucifix            of slow walk the cloister
                        of Eastern Parkway and count –

                        Hail
fire truck through the intersection

                        Hail
                        soup haze over the subway entrance

                        Hail
                                                gloss of water in manhole covers