Cat on the Wall


Zookeeper, listen: invisibility
     is a strange success
                                        & not mine.


de profundis
it sings /

                                                  de profundis
                                                  de profundis


The whet of galling &
               a fell
a gruesome & harrowing comport
                         is it not
               mine, it might be—


& of matins in moorland
& spike bent through the sluice


                                        Is it mine
                                        this body
     though the worm will have it

—Joseph Spece