No 16 - January 2002
I went to Mitral and I drove there in the cluster.
My hair was dark and it needed a defence from the toxic breath of my
My skin was dark, my brain was wrinkled, I was smart.
I went to Mitral to see if it could be quoted in a word.
All of poetry was journalism, and I like to pin things down.
I employed machinery, gas came out, in pipes.
Did it say Malachite to me. My machinery hit rock, it tapped the gas
successfully. Slimed me. Over with a fondle, overall.
I could not have been dressed less provocatively, so it was odd and
I got over 50%. Topaz, Basalt, Lapis Lazuli, one after the other I
tapped them all. All I wanted was to be stretchered. One hand fluttering
up like a weak crescendo. Be weak, white, faint, have an oxygen mask.
A helicopter. Be asleep.
Be asleep when they found me, curled away in a little corner of the
cramped in with the giant bluntness of spanners. One hand stretched
out of its black sleeve, like a white racquet. Be sweet, tame, cuddly, have
a good nights sleep. A lie.
Where I cried out sharply, harshly, where the sound comes, when it comes.
It comes as screamin metal. All I wanted was to cough it up, my lungs black
jelly in a void. One hand against my chest, like a faint nurse. Being gentle,
maternal, squinting. its all intuition.
(X: 6656 Y: 6306) This is the dark of Obsidian, we tread carefully here.
Here there be stores, there be lights, there be dark Ketara, beacons, bad
A dark crevasse, with one bound, with one Jet, with one block. Holding out
we feel for its edge. Rotate 90°, and try again. 17.
And in the bright confusion of Amethyst, I swell and undulate my
Too much gas grows me, and all I ever wanted was to speak it. All I ever
wanted was to moan it gently, last words it gently on the back of a fag
Just the word, of Mitral. The word that Is a splutter, hover, howl and
so abandoned. So all three are squares, and you are in Aquamarine,
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