Pollo a la Brasa

1 May 2017

I’m a yellow bird balanced on his rotisserie,
cock-eyed for your triglycerides.

I’m an ex-demo model upholstered
in the fatty jacket of his own tanned hide.

We cross the road and get to the other side.

In the dark you slip a finger in the box
of the tenderest punnet chicken in the car park.

I’m a passenger, I promise: I’m easy,
spread-eagled on my bed of self-salted lies.

I’m the only thing between you, the mirror,
and the shards-of-mirror bellyache of truth.

I’m the innermost matryoshka’s meat
in the turducken you’ll become when death
comes to tap-and-go your greasy thighs.

I’m the bin bag skeleton of childless night.

And when you find your transfat mind
carted off to landfill, make a sign
like a penitent and cut-stringed kite
swanning down the clouds’ unbroken pews
to let everybody know, filthy-fingered angel,
not every birdsong is as blue.

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