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Drought and crow, 4pm

This is the closest the crow
comes to singing: a scripted language,
written with a scratching pen, black tones
against a sky no longer recognizable
as blue. Against that fierce white glare
what can it voice, while here,
hunkered in the shade of a room
inside a tent of bricks
I ache for coolness
and reconstruct the smell of rain.


Outside in a sky the colour of ash
the crow opens its beak and
words with umlauts
arc, a conversation with the dust:
the memory -repeat -the memory
of rain. 

Artlook, January 2005