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Sand was a gourd fanatic
and she played
Harry Soot loved to listen.
When Sand shook,
a green ribbon of rainsound
rose and fell in the air,
and when she let her mallet
fall, the palest of violets, a screen of violet
Soot ground his keys
in his pocket,
defacing his MetroCard.
Should Sand sing,
Harry felt himself leaning over a piano
loosening his tie. As he reached out
his hand, it was as if the inside of seventeen
stretched balloons expanded past ivory,
past gray, past transparence. A single spot,
hung from the chrome scaffolding, bore
on the hoof of his nail.
Sand had a wardrobe
made of twirlies.
tried to find a center. Beneath or beyond.
A point to yield or resist.
Liquefaction of furbelows.
Buglebead ballast. Contour cups
of constructed silk.
A skein that flung itself into a cusp of droplets.
Harry Soot was a handsome man,
woody and gaunt.
A blue-eyed boy.
Sand well Sand was hard to say.
Some saw horns. Some saw
but acknowledged them diversions.
A dragon, perhaps.
Or a dragon
Sand panned speed. Languid was she. Oh
seeming fast, fine foil for
de…lay, lo, slow. Some slipp…age, she…
He, Harry, hurried, harried host.
Sand’s similarity to scarabs?
Or a rosa dolorosa, every petal
thorned? Or swallows up close.
"The tail is forked and as elegant
as a trout’s, but more attenuated,
just short of baroque," says the
naturist. I quote.
Harry succinct long gone
to the lake with his tackle
looking for lily berries,
looking for blue pearls. Water
holds his eyes. A silver weir.
Sand incessantly beckoning. Sandpipers
scurry to erase the loss of their faint
print at the foaming margin.
Watch Harry put a toe in.
unclear, of course, about fire.
How original, originating,
it really was–
Forests aflame. Resinous clubs.
In the dark paneled reading room,
a green shade.
Sand, a cat’s cradle fan and economic.
Her shave and a haircut, fifteen cents;
her Oceania nodes of knot
her numerous fingers interlaced
with gloves–made of holes–slipped
her mediumistic con
in the dark apparatus, all one, all
the same nano-rope. This point
escaped Harry. Harry preferred Ouija
wavering words, reassured
by Ouija jerk.
Harry is no fool. Harry Soot is shrewd.
Harry has allergies and moods.
Harry lies–he can’t
Harry has structure–genes and grammar.
Harry is a detective, but he can’t find
an answer. Harry is violent
and violently quiet;
Sand is sand.
Sand insinuated herself. ZaumZoom in,
she has gone ahead. ZoomTzim out,
she is not behind. To hear,
in her gourd, her mallet-fall, a relation to
emptiness, finest gauze, so finely
woven even the strands
appear to disappear.
Harry Soot believes he is watching.
Harry thinks he is in Times Square.
He is. She is not.
Twirly languid blue-eyed blue pearls clearly not
Down on the fourth harmonic she simply singly
for a second
stood, so symmetric, second subsequent swiftly
riding slamjamming shivering switching–
Soot calls it "searching."
Sand sings Nessun dorma long summer
afternoons in the music room. Heavy red
curtains, gilded chairs, portraits of dead
children. Sand in a window seat
looking out on roses;
Harry Soot in a seersucker suit
at the far door, arms
raised in triumph:
his play, his score.
Sand seeks the scent
of lemon viburnum,
of the ringneck doves’ soft
gurgle as they walk on the wall
and their syllables spill over and
down a column
Midnight blue of Krishna’s
shoes. Harry finishes up.
Sometimes Sand doesn’t come. Fatally
Splurt of sign signage red/blue blood
on the grisly snow. Minutes of arc off.
Harry swims in adrenalin.
Sand might be getting restless.
How does Sand feel about insects
as companions? Does she take
her cue from the alkaloid plants?
What seems to Soot revenge may
seem to her survival. Or
is she incapable of refusal?
Soot loves Sand. Every tree,
every wall, a target inscription, pierced
by Tell’s weapon. Turn me on,
the swooshing sound Soot hears Sand
Hold me down, Sand prays, to dusk &
musk, purple black sheathed with frost,
the Concord grape of Krishna’s shoes
with golden tips and toes
and soles. The stars are variable sprays,
golden geometric rays
of twisted silk. Crimson lining unfolding.
Achtung! Loose lips. Beware.
Here comes Soot.
Sand resounds as long as a whale song
passed along and around the waters
of the world. Like a motherchild pod, she/they
both threatened and succored by the
coasts. Alone in the bay, rolling over and
back beneath the moon, as
Harry and his cohort heave
into view, traveling in a pack,
driving them aground.
A housedress of dotted Swiss with a lace
collar. A curling iron, to refresh
marcelled hair. Account books with black,
placeholder ribbons. Linoleum
made to look like a brick floor. Sand
could be retro.
Soot in tow.
Sand’s relation to dreams bears
repeating. Was it mentioned?
Not necessarily Harry’s.
As albino cave bats who let go
of coloration, but develop keener
Soot, who seeks to catch a falling star
in the monitoring
cave, evolves into colorblind.
Harry Soot is that kind of guy. Despite
his lust for lime, despite a savvy sense
of what goes down around such light, Harry
Soot is attached to his memory lines,
crow’s feet crinkle, scar arroyos, worry
furrows, wry sag, time written in skin,
in bone, in blood. Chemical peels do not
appeal to him. Nor implant chips (wait until
he gets sick!).
Sand’s unbelievable memory
learned, of course,
Sand looks askance.
Sand an infinite receiver–
infinitely flexible. Beyond
flex in fact, an infinite
deceiver: Proteus at home.
Siren! Circe! screams Soot.
Golda called Moshe that Arab.
Golda, schoolteacher, thought
Is Golda Sand?
Is Moshe Soot?
Is Jerusalem a mass of human names…
Is Sand (a wafer/chip good as) Gold?
Sand’s never the sameness fleeter than
anything Soot could get a hand, a handle,
on. Flickery swift. And yet. One finger
brings her crashing down. Hump Dump.
Together again–so fast it made Soot
swoon. An arcade thrill. Cheaper than
medical or bootleg. Purer, too, potent
and hygienic. Claustrophobic–no
establishing shot. Unusually
cold–most color blocked her light.
Harry Soot from time to time in the market for swoon.
Perhaps ever more often. In his dream,
just a year or two ago, he remembered edge, it being
summoned. People who forget the art
of navigation come to believe the island has sunken;
Sand’s smile at this juncture, Mona Lisan.
Harry Soot’s grandmama, Muck Raker Ida Tar….
What a falling off there.
Sand’s gramp, grep, Pythagoras.
She done him proud. It sims.
Tangy Soot. Tang-I-Bull Soot.
Trua-vir Sand. Liv-a-Tru Sand.
Physics: The Movie. R.I.P.,
crown assays in a bathtub,
or Galileo trekking to the far side
of the valley to touch that blue
boulder on the ridge.
And would this prove he saw
mountains on the moon in any case,
Sand, as I said, a marimba player;
Oozy Soot, Uzi Soot, born to swim,
born to dance, to paint his face, to lay
flowers by the dead. Soot will say,
on any given day, born to fly,
born to rise–born to escape.
Sand’s whimsy and scarcity/value? Sand
paints daffodils on the deck of an aircraft
carrier, caps the age of the unknown
Soot is running out of numbers–not
populace. Lively virus.
If a silly con were all Sand were.
If an ashy trash were all of Soot.
Sand religiously stops. And starts the next thing.
Bluesy Soot can’t conclude.
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