Friday 8 March 2024

God on a Donkey (revised draft)


Fishman on the table like Ducal rights

for later in the afternoon 

with Belgium sausage & onion 

the Carrefour cost petrifies the hands

nevermind show me Manneken Pis again

beheaded in the garden pond outside

blanket weeds dissolved to lake green 

ketje chains in the heart 

Passementerie buttons, blue silk lampas, 

embellished in silver & golden thread 

the white gloves pressed strange 

hybrid shrine  

where cultural memory is housed

flowers in a jug on a city street

unstolen Avenue Louise, the trouble 

with the underclass is 

remembering plebiscites 

from castrum to didaem Châteaus 

hanging you out a window, 

remembering The European Federation 

the Bomzhes to the Polyarchies 

remembering wool meadows Endland after

EU umbrellas stalked in façades 

like bitter tithes Tourist traps 

this rapid transport system 

is plastic fresh its wrapper hidden 

in the columns 

in the Hill of Tears, 

running down inside corner pavilions, 

down inside Louis XV-style 

bluestone doorways 

all the while dendrochronological big ladle 

takes the Stoofvlees to my mouth

I’ve adopted Batavian ears, 

for no one keeps old customs 

like a peasant.