the sky fell / we fell into the sky / the sun / was. / We were. /
We fell out of the circus.
They washed the elephants / up / at South Shields beach. / Behind their ears. / Those animals used their feet to listen. / Filled trunks up with some lunar hum. / Skinned cars. / Sun high. / Then us closing down all roads. / Pulling chains along the yellow lines. / Crows watching. / Eliza's scuffed out shoes. / Rock pool making under foot. / Anna’s skirts out / trying to knit the sand. / Our strong men both linked / and right up top. / Half way to Souter lighthouse then / to throw all dead and dying / animals down. / Once a week / like this / the sea was fed. / Swelled. / Fish came up for all wild flesh. / Giraffe necks breaking half way down. / Most skin missing / already as coats. / On feather pebbles. / Our orphans run to make / new whips from lion-tail weed. / The stench. / Peeling limpets for tomorrow’s hats. / Selling them all outside the ring. / The fur coats. / The sun on metal / horses plumes. / Train tracks snaking down my dress.
[tag word: GIRAFFE - from Sarah Chapman @bibliomouse]