The canal swallows the viewer's horror
CARNIVAL Strutting past the vendors of lottery tickets
'the boys' can only guess at what is kept,
at what is lost
mothers with crumbled stucco faces.
If a door is left carelessly
ajar, they are
anonymous when they enter.
When they check out
they check out the beach: that gap between
the legs of the red bikini
resembling a hypen -
it connects yet separates
say, the words 'hermit ' and 'crab' ;
'shell ' still presents this difficulty,
it does not encompass the world.
David Howard Carols, 2003, Melbourne
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Every Wednesday, Poetryetc members were invited to post short poems on any subject or in any form they chose. The idea was to make a poetic collage of instamatic snaps of that day that reflected the international membership of the list. The project has generated an astounding number of poems.
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