Llewellyn McKernan

Here Comes the Night

 

Its voice
                  sub-singer, bowl-breath,
                quill-nail, bird-buster, heel-
              masher, mask-monger, shade-
            maker, blade-racer

Its touch
                  love-racker, room-wrecker,
                day-taker, light-ringer, pane-
              boarder, shoe-watcher, hate-
            starer, fear-spewer

Its smell
                  vein-venom, drop-docile,
                tick-terror, bitch-beggar,
              onion-ogre, peel-pisser,
            haze-horror, hell-catcher

Its breath
                  absent-riser, limb-loser,
                tight-fister, eye-error, nettle-
              needer, tunnel-teaser, deep-
            dolor, baby-butcher

Its flesh
                  mother-murder, sun-stopper,
                compass-killer, pinch-puller,
              push-power, nasty-nothing,
            clutch tighter, all nighter.