to the Birmingham Zoo
Clarion #0 1998
(the issue entitled "?")
by Matthew Boehm
Time's hazy steam dream locomotion!
More coal for the fire of ages!
And as the solemn-sweet whistle
invokes the journey between,
the conductor turns back surveys his crowd;
below the supple soft skin of his frail fontanel
beams a gummy grin of youthful promise.
Train lurching forth
And in the feeble beams of a nascent sun
colors swirl and convene in endless parades
of flip flops
As Morning's child
Under a mystic spell of gypsy fish and prophet turtles,
I must have known only
the bold beauty
of a Technicolor toucan.
when cotton-stickyred hands picking gum from the ground
were slapped with lesson love's intention.
Under the blister of an impartial noon,
the tireless train devours the years.
Hot waxy sun creeps into the cells
eating away shadow's illusion
revealing only the concrete mirage of junglegreen
and the sweat swollen ass of the mocking baboon
puckered pink in a perversion of laughter.
Coal upon coal and increase of speed,
the face of the captain now wrinkled and gaunt;
in the approaching horizon
a rusted sun is sung to sleep
by the hazy rumblings of the dissident clouds.
The indignant peacock opens her eyes
while Elephants resound their wise clarion call.
From the retreating caboose
I can hear
who stare helplessly
at the masturbating monkeyman.
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