Early to Rise by David Russell

Early to Rise
David Russell

In vigour, he did the splits in freedom
In free vigour, he did the splits
Freely, he did the splits in vigour,
With vigour, he did the splits freely

Vigorously, he did the free splits –
He split vigorously free

Between house block and office block
Office and blockhouse
Real bouncing squeezed inside happy reason.

Ball signs for scissors – blotted day in air.

Whip-weal in all eyebaths and bed-rises,
He perforated between the functions
Of the blankets, and the functions
Of the sheets –

Thrust prickle-cover black back,
Intermediary diluting white.


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