by Paul Brookes
Snort and goss out,
undigestible in a hard pellet,
jealousy’s scapula, greed’s jawbone
toad = avarice; snake = envy; lion = wrath; snail = sloth; pig = gluttony; goat = lust; peacock = pride
wish you had sparrowhawk’s
stomach to dissolve the gripes
at least it’s beyond you now,
envy’s rib, lust’s vertebrae.
Paul Brookes’ first chapbook was “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley”, Dearne Community Arts, 1993. Read his work on BBC Radio Bristol. Recently published in Three Drops From The Cauldron, Nixes Mate, Live Nude Poems, The Bezine, The Bees Are Dead and others.
Forthcoming this summer a chapbook called “The Spermbot Blues” published by OpPRESS, and tentatively in autumn “The Headpoke” illustrated chapbook published by Alien Buddha Press.