I Hear The Heavy Moon Approaching
Poem By Christine Lavant
I HEAR THE HEAVY MOON approaching,
I hear shallow sleep walking,
my memory sharpens all knives
on the memory stone.
Five crows picked the poppyhead empty,
its crown takes a viper
and resting in the heart's hollow
the seeds carry sleep.
The little knives sing merrily and steeled:
We will slaughter the fat moon,
we will skin the insolent snake
and clean the sorrowful bowl.
I hear the heavy moon falling,
I hear the thin creature hiss,
five brave birds transplant
the heart in memory.