‘a loved body’
un
responsive           un
wonted               un
permissive
                         O negative
                         tincture on tiling
                         69 x 41 inches
weighs
of a swamp
mahogany piano
                         professional movers
                         bent their knees for
                                                              knowing
                                                              where it        had been
                                                              where it        had to go
                                                                 the classical            cannon
                                                                 in sheet music        on its lip

                                                                                                the two-noted  siren-riff off-by-
                                                                                                heart                 doubles
                                                                                                                          as a rally cry.
a gasp coming at you
                                            doppler shifts

                                                                 to silence.
                                                                 to mortify.

L-O-V-E is shrillest at
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x
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:

past the octave’s    

rem-
it

what are the chances letting air in
makes it easier to lift?
OPEN
a           window           chest           fallboard           rib           oven           district of the throat
brittle case             of the dormant instrument             inflate his lungs with               anthem.

is there truth in: too much water makes a person
inoperable
+
derogates a house?
there go the double           leaf           doors           on                          the                          wind

glass intact as the neighbours’ miraculous sleep.
red flare of day firing for the horizon.
the brigade! what are the chances
that it makes no sound? as scavenger
to meat. as one bureaucratic mouth
to another. it is here nor
there? coming nor going?