Category Archives: a bud

Sin and linen


I grip the wheel too tight.

The flowers meditate on the fruit.
Calm enough to be equal to ideals.

Even with my eyes closed I knew it was him because the
——wood groaned
under the weight of his reason.



From Claire Gaskin’s collection, a bud.



I am a horizon,
thrown over the shoulder, like salt

Sliding down the wall in the hallway onto the floor

Many black doors banging like wings


I need to find a
place for the river in me
for the dead grey tree

His arm around the
horizon of my shoulders
in a photograph


Dream the fingers off the wheel
this is the hour of horizons

tapestries and divisions
the hour in a glass

kiss the salt



From Claire Gaskin’s collection, a bud.

For Pindar


His cloud sits down with him, he
tucks it into his pockets

A swarm of bees landed on his mouth as a baby
They called him honeymouth



From Claire Gaskin’s collection, a bud.

My body


His bleeding was into a shallow garden.
The sky comes down around the house.

It is a dead room
with unusually high sound absorption.
His sweat was dripping in my face.

My body not a crime scene.

Regret a pearl pursed on her
clay lips.



From Claire Gaskin’s collection, a bud.



Her faded perfume
in this urine-yellow chair.

She sat in her rocking chair for thirty years rocking
between memories’ polarities

and ribbons blow a breeze around her
as if she is a post marking the way.

Pronouncements in the rain.
Cool air on the camera.

We live in a bowl.
The cat licks the bowl of free to leave.

It’s nearly over now and the wood
shows through the varnish.

No tension.
Eye contact without smiling.

Cellophane remains,
the flowers long dead, tied to
a post with ribbon.

In this rocking chair
next to this fire, wondering
where contentment is.



From Claire Gaskin’s collection, a bud.

Cut flowers


Her eyes are swing-into-the-river on a rope and let-go blue

The shawl falls around her like a river,
or hair or an arm
Something about history, comfort and flow

She stands still by the side of the road
a stop sign for a face

He watches
she is just a pencil line
The tea the ink of tea is spilt blame
He is water colour leaning his elbow on his knee

Holding hands across the blame

The idea I forgot was blue
as big as the sky blue
open bowl blue



From Claire Gaskin’s collection, a bud.