Susanne Dyckman

Soundings




                      or    as cowed    frightened into

                                               submission

                                               compliant cycling arms

                        advice                          never depend on others

                          - omitted -

           admit









empty oyster          lackluster          points of meringue

                    damp of pearly frog

                      to kiss        as low to ground

                                          as is

                                                            base

                      looking for stops









                      inside


                                               to interrupt


                      from any chosen point


                                        tile under


                       foot         cold pacing
                                      a matter of

                                              alabaster









                        or           the honed

                        flint       retracting           heals

                        syllables hidden            behind

                        more syllables             there's the scar

              short                     where the long and lovely word

                                   lingers

                                                        a back arched in sand

           the surface                             elbows   feet   sprawl









           or
                                                  bird song returns song

                         others counter  /  to mirror

                         that curiosity  /  flying bones