Caravaggio

river noble
pain
lament
silent river
secret
of night
night knows
take
raft
to river
turn
river brimming
in blood
surging
into sea

2.
birds
encircle
grey horse
birds
follow
river's
arteries
possessed
beaks
buried into skin
surface
of sea
skin
ravished
river
beloved brothers
& sisters
still sea
murder
moon
in shadow
of sea

3.
sombre
wind whistles
vibrating
bodies burn
in communion

chaos cheats
choir once
again

bourj al-barajneh

paris

palmyre

dancers of dead
follow
fountains of blood
names
numbers
now
night
this
night
howl
in terror"s tower
built
before babel
for baal
ba'al

4.

take us
back to sound
of sewing
skin
back
fury's
secret
baal
bring bird
on shoulders
screeching

5.
golden
afternoons gone
world no more
(than that)
let cacophony
of birds wing
flutter against flesh
wounded
we sing
alone
we come
to choir
secret safe
behind our teeth
but speech difficult

walk towards us
ribbons in hair
book in hands
living
souls
sing song
clouds ô clouds
ancient hours
open
open
open up
between feet
dance deliberately
without word
without
fear

6.
tree of birds
crying
fear
tree of birds
crying
wash away
wash
away with
saliva

sister
& brother
heritage
hurting
hurting
beyond
belief
border
border
belief

learn
language of water
under skin
learn
now
learn
learn
now
go
to secret
become
ash

alphabet
shelter
secret
succumb
cough blood
outside gate
in garden

go with ghost
exchange tongues

count & count
again

place pebbles
in one pocket
then another

count pebbles
in palm

unfolding under horizon

Christopher Barnet

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