We / feel cooler / in dry air
Parts of the morning collide
with the eventual winner
of the home & away series.
Not much is left. A few shards
cause craters in the eyes, a part-
pennant does pennance as it
wraps around the nearest set
of ankles. Then a dog sled ar-
rives, still moist with snow. We
welcome it with closed arms.
elephant cup cakes
‘ Pachyderms and pastry! I love it.’ Tom Beckett
That a pachyderm is highly comp-
etitive in the global pastry market
does not adequately capture the true
sense of how unlikely scenarios such
as this are. Those Instagram influencers
who talked this up were all probably
tickled by the ivory. Money may have
changed hands. But the natural attri-
butes of the animal are ideal for the
task — tusks, tail, trunk; all master
mixers — why be surprised? & those
feet! Pancakes galore. The perfect size
for carving out cheesecake casings.
A line from Billie Jean King
An exciting update is coming.
A chart’s been prepared to
illustrate the main points. Small
popups will appear that use
colour & typography to provoke
a psychological reaction. There’s
certainly a place for that, simple
or complex, since we are both
made up of energy & used to
the use of icons to represent
emotions. It won’t be that long
before you have command of
the update, can use all parts of
it intuitively. Savour the small win —
this victory is fleeting. Another
update is now only days away.
The queue outside the sushi
bar melts into one another
as the bagpipes suddenly
arrive. Raw fish & rice is no
match for tartan, even one
only rarely worn. That’s the
problem with living in a
garrison city — too many con-
tradictions, too much bias.
Too few true conflicts. Which
is why the military make what
they can out of what’s available.
A Paumanok Picture
Later, when the road
was allowed to pass.
Mark Young was born in New Zealand but now lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia. He has been publishing poetry for over sixty years, & is the author of around sixty books, primarily text poetry but also including speculative fiction, vispo, creative non-fiction, & art history. His most recent book is The Sasquatch Walks Among Us, from sandy press, available through Amazon.
You can find more of Marks’ work here on Ink Pantry.