MUSED
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Eagle Landing by Albert Rollins

Poetry


Center

Jody Zolli


In the space between my words
Breath draws me down
Into the thoughts
Iīd sought to banish

Over the edge
Into the dark
Along a spline
Of stomach-spleen

Crimson consumption
The stammering gasp
Pain immolated
In carbon-arc isolation

Tap the vein
Draw the ink along
Arterial arc to fill
Fearīs fountain pen

Avert my eyes
Skin a marred parchment
Receipt for debts repaid
When I run in the red

Distracted dabbing
Surcease, release
Having staunched
I tide the hunger over

Cover the spoiled soil
Scarred with repetition
Written in the wordless dialect
That only nightmares know

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