*
This branch climbs past you
the way a breeze spreads out
warmed by roots and feathers
 
-that's why when you look down
the fruit changes its colors
sweetened with leaves and eyes
 
that are all alike though the tree
no longer feeds on slower trees
or regrets the choice it made
 
-its wood still rises, is sure
water will come and wings
still possible, not yet too heavy
 
from after so much death
so much dirt to shade
and already underway.
 
 
 
 
*
You stack dried newspaper
the way every tower keeps track
where the others are -in every room
 
as if this clutter could darken
would guide you into the open
growing over the usual rain
 
and stars impossible to find alone
-this tiny apartment is held down
though the ceiling is kept invisible
 
in place on these maps you need
for all Norths to begin as pillars
and the way back.
 
 
 
 
*
Step by step the nights
taste from weeds salted down
though even shorelines 
 
decay, taking hold between
the dirt and one last look as dew
half marshland, half  within reach
 
where her breasts are forever water
and from this darkness
the thirst you use for mist
 
and bitterness, surrounded by rocks
and in your throat her lips
saying things, ordinary things.
 
 
 
 
*
A simple hush and the moon
loses direction, smells
from skid marks and nausea
 
wants to change places
end up on your shoulders
the way a sobbing child
 
uses height to forget
be near where the others are
and sideways, this way and that
 
-you calm this gravestone
as if not enough darkness
could stop in time, went on
 
to become evenings
and all these lighthouses
abandoned, hardly turning
 
lit by this single shoreline
led across as rocks
and the afternoons inside.
 
 



*
Inside your arm a rope
though the road you hide
is lifted by hills -the sleeve
 
rolled back the way all curves
return as if nothing happened
pull alongside, surrounded
 
no longer airborne
let you splash among the turns
poured over your fingers
 
trying to squeeze from the sky
the color circling overhead
as darkness and engine sound
 
strapping you in
filling your hands with noise
black from a single fingernail
 
pointing at the ground
still afraid to move
while you rush about
 
with the headlights off
broken as if you remembered
where to look now that the car
 
is in someone else's name
a fake address and your only chance
is without a day in mind.


   Simon Perchik 2015