Archive for June 30, 2008

The Man with a Carpet of Leaves

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , on June 30, 2008 by dc

He coughs up slugs
From a paper bag mouth,

Ruins daylight
With his flat cap,

Scratches obscenities
In the soil with a stick

And groans from his chest
At the dogs as they sniff.

He back-heels snails
Into bleak thorn bushes,

Ruins moonlight
With a smoking pipe,

Fills up benches
With a sprawling laze,

And flicks cigarette butts
At the birds.

By talking to him
And not looking in his eyes
I grew to like him slowly.