Poem

The octopus is dead
who lived in Wylies Baths
below the circus balustrade
and the chocked sea tiles.

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I left anyway, in spirit
dreamed I was living my own life
my mind was on exits, I tried to buy the truth
some nights until I ran out of dark

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Searching for his crowd
out of the silence of the cloister,
black robes tousled by the nor’-wester,
first bite of heat caught on the brim

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