Tokyo night Simon McLean

1.

forget flowers
sing
stones

trace’s
traces
still
so still
trace
effacing trace

fall

fall

remember

semblance

cold
so
cold

blood
burns

burning

burn
breath
breath
break
birds’s
wing

ebony
ocean

sea
surges
source

song
forget

clear
precise

relinquish
remembrance

nights
remember

debacle

dead
sing
softly
so scorpions
see
vision
of
viper

song

tears
end
water

nights

all
veins
burn

breathe
all

2.

memory

sea
sound
In skull
resonate
remember
débâcle
dead

tumult

waves

3.

serpent
sings
stones
being
stone

from sea

from sea

tremble

tremble
remembering

tides
endless
death

serpent
sings so

softly
to scorpion

4.

being
stone

light
descends
so
somber
remember

numbers
tremble
knowing

remember

cry
for
moon
sips
saliva
source

tremble
turn

numbers
tremble

5.

scorpion
sings
so softly
remember

tide
cry

breath
cry

still
silhouettes
fall

6.

carcasses
source
saliva

source
to
end

7.

veins
burn
sea to sea
horizon

hell
trance

trace
to
night
night
knows
trace’s
tempo

slaves
find
flame

spheres
cinders

go
distance

tigris
euphrates

garden

go
go
to twins
tumult tears
soil
into
skin
skin
into
soil

distance
just
so

sleep

weep
wind

come
come
come

wave

wind

wheel

bone

bone
now

know
night

with wheel

7.

turn
secret
stone
stone
into stone

souls sweat
song’s sleep

ash
light

sea to sea
sea to sea

sing who
sings

sing secret
still

so still

be there
for beast

cold
so
cold
it is
so with secrets
horse
so still
birds
so silent
sea
sings
contours
cadavers
conceive

wake in water
with vipers

sea
sweat
skin
witness water

body
to body

fall

fall
turn

vein
to vein
terror
flame
come
come

tremble

remember
nights
tumults

hear horse
call

serpent

8.

stone
orchids
bones
breath
between breath
draw
grief’s geometry
go

now night
into night
hear horse
hear

mouth
molten
vital
fluid flows

hear horses
hear

song
for serpents
still
so still
stone
only
stone

somber
go

blood
bonds
sea

source
so
still
night
into night

stone
to stone
silent as
birds

beast
to beast
tremble
tumult

shadow
seeing
carcass
bequeath
bones
belief
in birds

sound

stone

horizon
hurts

go

crawl
here
so close
to cord

night knows
knot

9.

beg
beginning
from
bones
in horse’s hours
cold
so
cold

stone
to stone

home
hell
in hell
sovereign
veins
charred
chant
heat

cold
so cold

breath
senses sea
in skull
scorpions
sing
time
into time

fall
under
sea’s sleep
remember
rain
nights
of rain

10.

remember
water
weeping

seas sleep
in body
barbaric

seas sleep
sea
night

night
drowning
torrents

passing
serene

horse’s
hours
horses
eyes

go

sing
breathe

sing
breathe

go
fall
come

sing
specters
horizon

emanations
standing
on rocks
staring
out
to sea

memory
of sea
weeps

stone
to stone

still

witness

waves
weep

stones
forget
weight
time
entering time
time

time

howls
in depths

close
so close
closer
hell
horizon
time
on axis
vanishing

point

beginning just
beginning
tears
time
sustenance
surplice
bed
beautiful
tears
burning
pebbles
pray

song
bloody

Memory
of sea
seeing

horse
of heaven’s
crime
time
forgotten
souls
stones
so it
is
so it is

just so
burning
breath
so it
is
still

fall
rock
in river

buried
bones
blood
saliva
skin
forest
of skin
premonition
stone
cold
so cold

dead
living

forgetting
fall
follows
remember

howling

winds

end
slip
step
pace
tempo

distance
fragments
sacrifice
concede

all
breath

time
atoning

bitter
need

clear
body
under
below
below
below
valley
within
valley
skin
whisper

song

without end

wheels
within wheel

flame
fruit
body
tears
scream
divisions
divisions

sweat
turning
to
distance
face
reptiles
regret

eyes
touch
breathe
soul
of serpent
time
last

whisper
scream
night

all
in
all

soul
stone
sky
still

shadow

ash
air
burning
time

breath
skin
serpent
sing
with wind

surrender
waves weep
witnessing
run

apparitions
arrive
after

need
knot
in night
night
knows
turn

weep
forget
fluid

following

waters
come

flame

tremble
trembling

being
chain
sing
sing
only of
blood

sing
only to bones

ô hear
that horse
howl
crawl
from
commotion

hurl
heave
hold
on

other
cast into
circle
circle
of circle
come
come

horizon hell
shadow
howling
watch

keep
vigil

birds
call
song
from serpent

slave’s
sustenance

hear

now
night knows
vein
into
vein

still
so
Still
cold
so cold

beast
before beast

blind
stone
scepters

blood
be blind
blind

spheres
be
blind

Christopher Barnet

Christopher Barnet

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