Despite the axe at my neck, I’m awake
to the archaeological potential of the elm tree
in my garden, as if my girlfriend were pagan
and an artist who gives form to her darkest
desires in a diamond net she casts across the world.
It’s raining in July and the elm tree has eyes
that witness an elemental amalgamation
of centuries of sleep in a ripening bud of cuneiform.
Stephen Nelson’s books include Lunar Poems for New Religions (KFS Press), Eye Jar (Red Ceilings Press), and Thorn Corners (erbacce-press). He has recently appeared in Big Bridge, BlazeVox Journal and Otoliths, and has been published in The Sunday Times. His visual poetry was included in The Last Vispo Anthology and has been exhibited internationally, including the 2011 Text Festival in Manchester. A vispo blog can be found at www.afterlights-vispo.tumblr.com.