Finger Poems

On a sunny day by a small Greek port, under the influence of lunch and wine, I spread my hand on the checkered table paper and found thumb- and fingertips framed in the pattern

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which, inverted, gives the present form:










five

smooth

stones    seduce      order












five

smooth

stones    pattern      chance














five

smooth

stones    trickle      heaped












five

smooth

stones    pubic      circlet















five

smooth

stones    spinal      pile

   












five

smooth

stones    testes      phallus















   

five

smooth

stones    stone      beach

   











waves

wash

stones    rattle      settle

   












swimmer

stone

shark    body      law

   












stone

moon

stone    sea      bottom

 












round

stone

bone    this      head

  












stone

island

spread    blue      breasts

   












stone

throne

smooth    deaf      god

   












stone

mirror

wistful    stone      self

  












five

smooth

stones    thrown      away

   












fountain

bubbles

tumble    melt      memory

   












veined

marble

elbow    numb      god












   

humble

stomach

concept    human      hurt

   












pillar

shadow

nymph    pool      shades

  












nude

white

body    white      bed

  












toe

under

table    nosey      dog












  

marble

ice

wet    snail      trail

   












dripping

tap

tempo    teasing      time

  












then

again

could    be      worse

   












squirrel

tail

nervous    question      mark












   

solid

shadow

bleeding     liquid      rat












   

wretched

human

cockroach        treachery           panic

   












heart

breathing

nervous        rubber           fingers

   












die

fall

open    melt      gone

   












glass

eye

turning    clinks      glass

   












boat

clit

wake     spreading             waves

   












moon

road

down      quiet      crater

   












dark

grass

barefoot      cow-patch            cricket

   












night

plane

star        flying                home

   












i

daffodil

stain        your              steamroller

  












finger

pad

fondles      flower            flesh












  

ego

either

enters     or            contains












   

perfect

poem

center     perfect             rest

   












moon

dance

facing        turning                partner

   












cricket

chirps

pauses        new                world

  












lonely

self

loves        laughing                silence

   












moon

leaves

stir        shift                sleep

   












candle

flame

phallic        pleasure              suffers

   












windy

candle

flame        flapping                flag

   












sex

mood

sharp        sex              sadness

   












human

purity

nothing       not            subtractable

   












water

wheel

thought       drowns             thought

   












damp

bed

thought     caresses              thought












   

spent

embrace

absent      thought             caress

   












thought

sea

rolling     lazy            swimmer

 










 

dark

sea

thought       eats            thought

   












thought

fills

space        empties                God













lone

thought

bears        being                God

   












self

fears

abyss       self            sufficient












   

God’s

man’s

thought’s      God’s           thought’s

   












stone

God

lone       stone               shout

   












broken

phallus

broken        stone                abyss

   












fallen

walls

weeds        playful                wind

  












bird

brain

holds        high                thought












   

birds

bank

thought        chases                thought












   

bird

hops

steals        thought                flies

  












bird

wedge

loose       sky            thought

   












bird

shell

sky       blue               skull

   












wires

birds

puffed        gray               notes

   












y’s

dead

bird’s       drawn              feet

   












pigeon

lights

holds        back               cloak












   

pigeon

sea

swells       wings              whistle












   

stone

eyes

lone        stone               spasm

   












stone

woman

green       stone               shoulders

   












busy

faces

café      laughing              woman

   












open

upright

armpit       roofed              elbow

   












knees

snapped

tight        shut                purse

   












waiting

woman

stone       waiting               stance

   












walking

woman

glance        walking                memory

   












walking

woman

worried        walking               watcher

   












willing

woman

bitter        willing                eyes












   

man

woman

dog       jug              stone












  

five

nude

women      nude             beach

   












sitting

woman

hugging       crossed             shins












   

sand

cheeks

dry       sand               cleft












   

breast

breast

belly       split                hairs














spread

toes

crooked       padded               claws

   












toe

pad

orange       oval                prism

   












painted

toenails

crimson       callus                babies

   












spread

toes

squish       soft               shit

   












five

smooth

toes        seduce                ordure

   












flesh

lover

pirate       fingers               gold












   

high

spirits

take        back               heaven

   












there

never

will        be                won’t

   












anus

bloats

blows        soft                kiss












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