Galapagos

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So here we are now caught in a hot prism beam
in a garden spluttered up by the sea
In this air no ashes are scattered
there will be not hot shriek of death or sharp clatter of laughter
just saint trees and flowers of the southern cross
that grow in the footprints of god.

So here we are, here we are.
Navigating a paragon
Where Spanish sailors stole turtle fat
to light up their oil burning lamps
and each creature would shudder
and spit up salt water
as the weight of an anchor cut through
the immaculate blue.

And my heart is a fish out of water
He’s used to Mexican hog fish and puffers
and sees no reason to settle for some common brown trout
that has drifted too far south.

Here his father shot goats on black deserts of glass
and their bones became relics of balance.
Through the phosphorescence I drag my drunk hands
and think of how I have learned to be silent.

As I sit and share sleep with the giants
they dream of roads built by impatient pirates
who never took the time to share sour fruit
or listen to their breath like small hurricanes taking root.

And my heart is a fish out of water
he shows me zebra eels, urchins and noduled sea cucumbers
and his mother holds masses for the wild iguanas
they sing road you are a tyrant,
road you are a tyrant

and I am just another fool who has followed it
with my rubber soled shoes and my camera lens
I am just another fool who has followed it.

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from Faith Eliott, released June 27, 2016

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