neither me neither you

Shari Kocher

 (we are each other)

walk

unnamed city streets

in this city of the dead

 

encircled

by wrought iron gates

inside this city of the living

 

walking the daylight air

such rustlings! and yet

how many faces

 

(count them)

in the streets of the living

already turned

 

or turning

to stone

 

mountains open

and ants and myth

decay

these frail tents

so much is and is

otherwise glinting

flows

 

ever turning

the head of a pin

to vistas and volumes

 

within

but for colour and its

frenzy

 

(lifts and whirls!) us by

but for the song

and its long

 

avenues of shade and stillness

but for what

 

we carry against

the story

time sequesters

earth delays

 

Shari Kocher is a poet and doctoral candidate at Melbourne University. Her first book The Non-Sequitur of Snow is forthcoming with Puncher & Wattmann in 2014. Her recent verse novel, Sonqoqui, addresses a feminist reading of archaeological embodiment. She lives in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.

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