All posts by Matthew the Oxx

Another Morning

Somewhere between the pollen and the brick dust
Awaits a warden
A witch in broken clothes
A lackie

When paper was poetry
Our riddle was only life
Yuppies jumped a fever
Toddlers danced

These lovers must allow a moment’s rest
For to sway is to waver
And wavering can be to wash

Arrested plans are rubber palaces
Gleaming as they melt in the sun

But there is amongst the broken glass
A shaft of light
A chance
A straggler

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Haikus on Change – Autumn ‘15

Changes meet abuts
A figures’ fingers: Starry
Shapes up in the hills

Our backup plan slips
Bricks, all baked on common dust
A story of smoke

Leafy becomes mud
Becomes trouble, becomes blood
Work and Work and Work

I love you, and some
This resetting is in now
Becoming. Hearty.

So thank you, and some!
I gave you my fin, all in
Our gold will differ

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At the Great Salt Lake

At the great salt lake
I call for the water to wash me down
Here the water won’t stain
She’ll leave me thirsting for to drown
Caught the next sleeper out to snow
There’s hope if she’s frozen the water won’t go

Hope is a dance with a wave on the ocean
Moving so very slow

You’re frightened your eyes
Betray the raven hiding in the night
But I’m far too tired
To see what a lifetime’s lying in the light
Just as a harvest hangs on a hill
So will a raven caw at your sill

Say what you like, all those you’ve ever loved
Glow hard and bright

I charge at your skin
Don’t say you’ll leave me standing at the gate
I feel more than akin
To those who walk on waves
Somehow we found the outer shore
So begins our journey towards the core

At the great salt lake
I call for water to wash me down

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This, our bond

Do you remember summer grass?
Waves in walls of white on silver
Where wheat sheaves scraped our fingers
I followed you like wood to water

Preparing now our winter copses
I put my mind where rain collapses
In every drop lie minute incisions
An entry point for radiant light

And every time light enters, You do
You, who are within (and without) these walls
Experiencing light, somehow I’m rubble
Crumbling I become the fine
dust that mingles in mists of meeting:
Rain on light in the dust are one

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You instil in me such keenness!
As water to flesh, I wish to meld
Make love without a marked direction
Live life as if life was deathlessly compelled

Where we complete a journey
These three elements compose
Earth expands in silent waves
Still, she’s simply marked on the hill where we rose

Your heart is in my chest tonight
You wonder if I’m sleeping
I’m not, and yet I dream
Having become you, I love you
and this, our bond, is the seamless sea between

 

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Forks and Spoons and Silver Moons

Together we turned a distant round
it felt so idle
But coming up beyond her mound
My aim was to sow what the seed had decided

You were silver, green and black
Everything that water wants
We both had to stand right back
Whilst the gods planted a bright and frothy dawn

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A gun that blows, right or wrong
Her reach, her hands, her song
Skin of slick black slate caked in moss
In these thin arms I’ll cart the cost

Coral water moves so quickly
It gushes onto every pore
Hot and sweet clear and sticky
Here, we all thirst for more

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Forks and spoons and silver moons
Claw their livings on the sand
I found you thrashing at your runes
I saw you smiling, you had the ocean in your hand

 

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How I Digest my Fury

Yesterday I ate a brick
Floury, and hard to swallow
A battle raged, my will was thick
My mouth the colour of a man left fallow

She rinses cups
On a slow moving train
Like some creaking catheter
Her effluence marks a murky plane

I am not clean
Nor no poly-rhythmic stunt
She flips my brain, a trip, I crane
A piece of fruit falls high onto the blunt

Bruises heal on living skin
They rot, then reel. They go from brown to yellow
I’ll cough this brick, spew what’s got in
And through my puke I’ll spy a stalk of yarrow

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Today I threw six lines
My family first: Renunciate and run.
This day is a wall, I lack the gall
Required to climb the sun

She comes in waves
Vapid to regal. Insipid to rhyme.
Postured for dog-like containers, en masse
Licking and gnawing and grabbing at wine

So I run. So I retreat.
So I contain all the screams, all the meat
Shaking off blisters like rapids on rocks
One strip of words might – just might – have stopped the clocks

But water will wherever
It heals us in a bliss
Swimming must be living then
And life must bounce on lists

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Tomorrow (today!) I’ll deliver
The seventh line’s a return to air
No fallow man could plot my plans
No pocket pulling quarters forge despair

She’ll under-dress
Lap circles as the barber slides
We are metal tied to rubber
Footsteps that fade beneath the tide

Corrugated schemes like these
Are many, mean, malignant and mad
This I am, some tides are planned
Our effigies had honour at the designated hour

Then sighing somehow ceases
In time, or luck, with sunshine
The upper balconies get loaded
Crowds bay blindly while an engine cuts the line

 

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Stepping Back

We seek out imperfection
A promise made by brains
Reach for indignation
Stunted anti-addled games

Something in me shudders
Collapses on the bridge
I’ve looked beyond all windows
What I’ve seen gives me the shits

There’s green, and broken yellows
Muck across our scape
Then blue in swathes, and silver
Movement infinite in shape

When straps come into contact
Skin grips plastic nets
I’m moulded by that racket
Cool beneath the sweat

One copper coloured remnant
Sets dimly out to shore
I reach without intent
My smile becomes a law

 

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