Sunday, February 26, 2012

Time Has a Centipede’s Fear of Clocks

                                                                         — César Vallejo

Lystrophis semicinctus, ringed hognose snake, falsa coral

Time is a snake 
run over streetside
drilled, scaled 
by beetles & flies.

The corpse coral red
inside black inside
cream, head to tail
a loop of road schooling
spasmed to mime
a Paleolithic blade.

I carry the kill
to gravel’s shoulder
lease more snake time
for carrion hawks
to raise snake bits 
aloft at noon’s breeze.

With time I string
snake ribs & spine 
to wear as a totem
of petro-vehicle mind.

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