• Vol. 06
  • Chapter 10
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under/not under

you try to take the upper hand
always on the look-out
ready to jump if you see
an opportunity

it could be
an extra cup of coffee
some washing up
why I want to go out to buy buns

a nineteenth century photo shows
when Goya first painted El Perro Semihundido
on the walls of his Quinta del Sordo house
the half-drowned dog had its eyes fixed
on two birds fluttering above him

spirit guttering I’ve been stuck
but I’m not going under