sprawls of brick & steel

stained mice flash baby teeth
incisors warped like barbed wire
aerial telemetry’s useless yet
from the post-intellectual
filmscape comes a hint of steel
bayed blood & mile after mile
of bricks & bayonet works
detergent streams canals under
streets meet the giant sprawl
of the ocean’s packets arrive
compresed in the anti-light
of yesterday evening’s tide the
mouse has slowly inflated from
within a command not so much
uttered as enacted down on the
corner of sunset & tsunami
recently announced redesecrated
blown up & blasted from your
consciousness may alcohol now
become your mortar in the dim
sprawls of brick & steel starve
of luck and then let loose like
cannon-fodder upon the narrow
coastal strip river plains ideal
conditions for the new urbane
contagion “formerly known as …”

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