Thank you for helping us with our enquiries


[An experimental poem after a poem by W.S. Merwin. Took the shots in a mall in Canberra and collaged them.]

Thank you for helping us with our enquiries
(after W.S. Merwin, ‘Some Last Questions’)

what is the head…
a space of communicating trees
a poem that’s lost its way
talking ash

what are the eyes…
almond boats
fallen-in wells
sky holes

what are the feet…
boxes that shuffle
bound clouds
impossible roads

what is a tongue…
a hammer to nail stars with
a black coat falling off the wall
a lithe tortoise

what are hands…
incipient crucifixions

no, what are hands…
ways of being absent

what is silence…
as though I were

who are compatriots…
figments of history
walking ash


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on November 9, 2015.

2 Responses to “Thank you for helping us with our enquiries”

  1. so poignant…what would we do without the arts and metaphor…?

    • Many thanks Kristi, yes indeed! Remember a clip from a doco of the Living Theater playing Paradise Now! in Avignon 1968, one of my anarcho-mentors the great Julian Beck (did a street theatre workshop with him in Frankfurt) says: ‘il faut que les artistes and les ouvriers se reunissent pour faire la revolution!’…

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