[Read once forward, once backwards, quite fast.]

slipped on

each breaks

final adverb

can we differ

almost Sappho

did she leap

a roar apiece

each a span

no attention

pearls & condoms

say shuddering

bottom sand

nerves to ply

shock to manage

no ‘others’

no ‘cost’

quit dreaming

drive for shore

don’t go loose

I meant terms

no terms

softly lift

tone murderous

manic friend


who could

(‘cried Gilbert…’)

swim you

pale sky

(‘… beautifully…’)

ever on, ever on