Poem By Gabriel Rosenstock

as soon as it's named
the lungwort scatters itself
all over the place

those faces
in the roaring fire
are also fated to change

a single magpie
swallows a beakful
of its reflected self

little by little
the world fades away

the flea-market in Valparaiso
a German helmet
is rusting away

skimming morning fields
a sunbeam highlights
a hare's urine

in morning drizzle
a pigeon is picking at
a wino's vomit

the sun above the Himalayas
my mule is drinking
from the Ganges

frosty morning
a robin bares her breast
to the wide world

an egret stands in a lagoon
the squelch of clothes being washed
against slab rocks

at the foot of the Cross
a snail trailing blood
becomes a buddha

the wind abating
a deserted mountain path
to the old chapel

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