Atacama

by grimbeau

Edge of desert

loathsome crossroads

break of day:

blue sky

black road

yellow land…

~

shaking hands

with Mendelsohn,

saying thanks

 Mendelsohn

for the velvet ride:

three days since

back now

still here.

~

Word came orange train

orange train it never came,

delayed by groaning grain

hoppers

delayed by

open hurt

surgery.

~

Toucans dismayed

shake

sorry worried heads:

crackle yellow beaks

blue rinse

dismal eyes

~

petrol black feathers.

Sheen shines

gleaming after

morning preening:

listening

 ~

Acute whisper

Jungle or desert canopy.

conscientious toucanese.

Sleeping penguins

dream of krill.

~

pungent lavender

five giant

ruby clay pots

on the windowsill

cast tiny white

shadows.

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