BEAUTIFUL

give him
a roast
a cheddar-
melt

his eyes go
completely Smeagol
but let us
not rush to
condemn, he
is a great,
great

for where music
might be
the food
of love

for him
food is food, never metaphor:
nothing so beautiful as
literal delight to digest

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AS YOU

MAY WELL
HAVE GUESSED

when Jesus
wept

someone was
(as you
may have guessed)
lecturing on
the logic
of reductio
ad absurdum

but what are these fallacies to us
who are slipping back
into a world
of scapegoat before
sacrifice

child on the Cross: now there’s a conjunction
infer all you want, it’s all
just a sign of
our
slavery to
the sign

DIAMOND

the pressure that
didn’t kill me
didn’t squeeze me
into a diamond either

compress compress
leaving only
what is best
in all this carbon

no
what emerged eventually
was more split pea
which I planted
to but did
not grow into
gigantic beanstalk

though in
a dream I did
see myself towering
above the world
my mind
sharp and
glittering with light

looking across the postcolonial globe
wondering about the blood
of Englishmen