Poems by Luigi Coppola (UK)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 50
The Rat & The Pigeon Just Before Dawn
he doodles up a melting tiger on her fingertips
plums her ear to the rug pissing on a man
as his meteor shrinks against a penny cobweb
just some of all that he doesn't want to say slipping
through his teeth's wire fence down his cherry overalls
mixing with marshmallow roots in a pot of pink sweat,
that swirls the sponge and iron tongue talkin-Stop!
she says Stop! Why this queen dove chat she says
I'm just a pigeon she says and you’re just a rat
let’s just listen to the aurora between us
An antilope, its genus
trapped in translation
by scratches and cracks
across its horns.
A false photo of
even numbered toes
that add up odd
as off as white
It arches and aims its ears
around the clearing’s curve:
the nod of wild senna
in the clawing heat.
Drawn blinkered blind,
it passes an eye:
a black Giotto circle
drawn around the end
of a tunnel that leads
Still life: trees bent,
bark hung, leaves
pressed on grass,
senna left to stand,
frayed and licked.
Luigi Coppola is a teacher and poet living in London, England. His poems have or will appear in: Anon, Equinox, Fourteen, The Frogmore Papers, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Iota, Lighten Up, Magma, Orbis, Other Poetry, Pennine Platform, Poetry Digest, The Rialto, THE SHOp and South. He has a website - www.bit.do/luigicoppola - with some of his published poetry.
Image: "Templo y Convento Franciscano, La Santa Cruz" by Catedrales e Iglesias.