within Salome's
seven veils

birth cry
the silence around
these words

quiet now
flesh felt scent

morning light
is my awakening
again stillborn

still unborn
the weight of light
in his coffin

trailing off
in a whisper of wish
summer clouds

breathing out
words of consecration
breathed out

all the words
ever uttered
tidal flats

toon world . . .
Mickey and Donald
take the cake

(post US Trump/Pence inauguration)

dark is life
dark is death
das lied
von der erde

(after Gustav Mahler)