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Following Behind




words ~ Rob
 illustration ~ Crissy

Psyche (But for spite redeemed) 

But for spite redeemed

concussed on the Rue Racine

joyfully stretching snaking preening

deliberately paced a chaotic interior

Slithered to meet a divide

slithered to meet a divide

 

Stepping stones sleeping forms

wrap concealing etiquette prevailing

aloof in manner

 
Prompting sightings, scarcely drawing breath 

prompting sightings

scarcely drawing breath

 
deftly swept low over fields of snow and ice 

deftly swept low over fields of snow and ice

tasting victuals vintage wine sheep jugged hare

hanging pendent bacon shepherd molten tallow

thus a legend plundered

 
ocean ranges, calm sargasso, squalls 

ocean ranges calm Sargasso

squalls

proved to deter no more as on the monster soared

 
flying fish, cay rum 

flying fish cay rum salt beef barrels

powder keg drums ignite

whetting rapacious appetites

 
flew a great circle 

and as if by way of compensation

to the bobbing tars

flew a great circle

 

cargo shifting circumnavigating

unrestrained

canon crew gimlet eyed

trained

 
island natives came and went 

island natives naked running wailing

tripping sprawling

came and went

some offered appeasement talismen

ceremoniously praised swallowed whole

 
scorched the earth, full of grace 

scorched the earth

full of grace

through the mist

heeding portents do or die

bristling citadels trident spears

warheads primed

convex ellipses sneer

 
snorted in a flock of geese, chewing grass and trees 

breathing deeply nursing wounded pride

scornful snout to sagittate

some twenty leagues

or thereabouts

twelve acre girth

ploughed

mellow

snorted in a flock of geese

absent minded

split infinities

chewing grass and trees

sneezed

 
several centuries in slumber, uprooted an alliance 

several centuries in slumber

flaring isolated magma chambers vent

lifting high the years excrescence

farmsteads castles

tinder boxes mortar

 

preening parasitic hamlets

drank dry a river bed

uprooted an alliance

 
 smoking stacks, swathed tracks, blood hounds chase

vouchedsafe by token virtue

in silent vigil

charnel houses smoking stacks swathed tracts

bloodhounds chase

severed arms several corpses

poor wretches

on a caprice

dispossessed

 
 pensive, sun and moon adumbrated, flesh and sinew summoned

stalking pensive sun and moon adumbrated

arrogant

strutting writhed

improvised

flesh and sinew summoned

 
 drained a deluge, eclipsed devices

wrought a mighty wroth

drained a deluge

released a pulse

eclipsed devices.

 
On the Rue Racine To the Dragon Women. 

With love in their bellies
and fire in their
hearts.

rjc/cm  © 2016

 originated September 1989




Following Behind

 

But for spite redeemed

concussed on the Rue Racine

joyfully stretching snaking preening

deliberately paced a chaotic interior

slithered to meet a divide

 

Stepping stones sleeping forms

wrap concealing etiquette prevailing

aloof in manner

prompting sightings

scarcely drawing breath

deftly swept low over fields of snow and ice

tasting victuals vintage wine sheep jugged hare

hanging pendent bacon shepherd molten tallow

thus a legend plundered

ocean ranges calm Sargasso

squalls

proved to deter no more as on the monster soared

flying fish cay rum salt beef barrels

powder keg drums ignite

whetting rapacious appetites

and as if by way of compensation

to the bobbing tars

flew a great circle

 

cargo shifting circumnavigating

unrestrained

canon crew gimlet eyed

trained

 

island natives naked running wailing

tripping sprawling

came and went

some offered appeasement talismen

ceremoniously praised swallowed whole

 

scorched the earth

full of grace

through the mist

heeding portents do or die

bristling citadels trident spears

warheads primed

convex ellipses sneer

breathing deeply nursing wounded pride

scornful snout to sagittate

some twenty leagues

or thereabouts

twelve acre girth

ploughed

mellow

snorted in a flock of geese

absent minded

split infinities

chewing grass and trees

sneezed

 

several centuries in slumber

flaring isolated magma chambers vent

lifting high the years excrescence

farmsteads castles

tinder boxes mortar

 

preening parasitic hamlets

drank dry a river bed

uprooted an alliance

 

vouchedsafe by token virtue

in silent vigil

charnel houses smoking stacks swathed tracts

bloodhounds chase

severed arms several corpses

poor wretches

on a caprice

dispossessed

 

stalking pensive sun and moon adumbrated

arrogant

strutting writhed

improvised

flesh and sinew summoned

 

wrought a mighty wroth

drained a deluge

released a pulse

eclipsed devices.

 

 

originated September 1989

 



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