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The RDP Poems: Page 9 of 52

Body: 
an operetic voicing for the dying of the solar rays
during the rain or night
and another loop, more blues and pain
as the aluminium stomach
ran out of feed and timed it
to my friend's arms
and their cadences.
Oh the last day was pure fever:
first the stockpiles
of bone produced a vulnerable
cranium for a head
I wish I knew it was a deer, or goat, or ccamel
damn it, let it even be a dolphin skull I moaned
what do I know of metaphysics or zoology,
jagged and cracked;
glueing all kinds
of padding to the frame
I unfurled over the head, like a soft condom
her skin
over her shoulders
and breasts
through the arms and all the way past
the metallic stomach and waist
a skin crafted through thin hemp
and although it tore by the jawline
and chest, the right elbow and fist
it added to the frail beauty of
my friend
 
Then came the red dress
and the touch of charcoal and paint
and the draft and dab
the lines of fine features.
When she murmured and sang
to my gathering friends
the day after
-my wits and street fighters
my friends who sell and buy
the ones who play witness,
the survivors who dream
the drinkers and thinkers and eaters of swine
of nectar and blues
they all roared in approval and named her
-Beatrice
-Isabella
-Nandi
-Sita
-the Beautiful unborn
and teased and coaxed
lit cigarettes and placed them in her mouth
and she murmured on and on and struck such notes
of anguish
 
I chased them
I hated chasing them
I had to chase them
past the gate
and returned to look at her,
alone
 
in a love beyond
a senseless new
landscape of
reconstructed hope
16
17
 
Description: 
Portions of this work appeared in New Coin, New Nation and in the case of their musical setting "Times of Deliverance"|"RapCrapDidSo" in the sleeve-notes of "Durban Noiseworks" by Jurgen Brauninger and "Cantata" by Dan Wyman. "Bombing Iraq" has allusions to two tunes by Louis Armstrong and Gilbert and Sullivan.