Desert Tope

from by Max Uhlich

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on the stairs to hell
you descend with molten lips
kissing every step
clutching the rails
like a lovers hips

diggin up the earth
for a frozen pearl of rain
for a golden ring
round the fang

writhing like a white snake
wrap around a neck
or float down like a snowflake
melting on a breast

remember when
back then
before you lost your decades
to vitiation

pure as rain
you blamed and called out in the air
your devils name

now hear him sing we own the man
yielding freely
to our pickaxe hands

smiles opened wide
vision grew
to skunk drunk eyes of crescent moons

your brother knows
retrain your soul
in a balance of power
on his old sunlit road

your bullrings clanging
trade them for an ocean
with a lilypad bed
horns all a-broken

but the hand of light
is paying your price
with its encroaching ice
of abnegation

shark tooth clouds are gleaming in the sun
with their lightning tongues digging graves in the mud

goodnight wonder
goodnight question
you didnt know what you were doing
with that goodly ruin

remember when
you cut the rope
to spend all your days
in a desert tope

or crawling through great wastes of space
laughing in privations face

hoping like a cinder hopes
having no doubt
burning up
is the only way out


from K Points, released October 22, 2015



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