Serpentine

Serpentine

Those buried lidless eyes can see
the infra-red heat of my blood.

I feel the crack, the whisper
as vertebrae ripple and curve.

Days of absolute stillness.
I sleep early and well.

His rare violent hunger,
a passion for the impossible.

He will dislocate his jaw
to hold it.

My fingers trace the realignment
as things fall back into place.

Each season, a sloughed skin
intensifies the colours that fuse

with mineral delicacy at his throat.
Flawless.

Beautiful, simple,
he will come between us.

Last night you found his tooth
on your pillow.


From A World Where News Travelled Slowly, (Faber & Faber, 1997), copyright © Lavinia Greenlaw 1997, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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1Closer

2Night Parrot

3River History

4From Scattered Blue

5A Change in the Weather

6The Patagonian Nightingale

7Electricity

8Love from a Foreign City

9The Innocence of Radium

10Night Photograph

11Reading Akhmatova in Midwinter

12Nature

13Serpentine

14The Shape of Things

15Calibration

16A World Where News Travelled Slowly

17The Earliest Known Representation of a Storm in Western Art

18Late Sun

19The Spirit of the Staircase

20The Falling City

21The Long Day Closes

22Essex Rag

23Clownfish

24Zombies

25Spin

26Faith

27Camel Hair

28Against Rhetoric: A Letter to Lord Chandos, 1603

29Minsk

30'What makes for the fullness and perfection of life'

31Blue Field

32Sisu

33Bird Walk

34Heliotropical

35The Boat Back into the Dark

Books by Lavinia Greenlaw