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Its mane whipped
by heat, with thundering hooves,
the wind entered my room.
Drummed a wild
staccato on the glass-pane, looking
for a means to escape.
Slid through gaps
beneath the window-sill with a loud
barren fields – a huge shadowy beast,
Pondered its next
move. Stood on one leg and swirled
like a crazy ship,
caught in a whirlpool.
A dainty sail of dust and leaves, twirled
drowned in brown
smoke, with flecks of green. Skeletal
limbs of Casuarina trees,
picked to the bone,
swayed on stilts. The pink of a single
rose was blinding.
The brain melted,
coagulated into a mess of dark grey,
froze into a mass
of misshapen lump.
The burning furnace of my face, leapt
in small flames
like the dark spots
of the sun. Daylight tied its glittering
loot in a tight bundle
and stole like a thief.
The moon rose, an orange predator,
out for the hunt.
By the garden gate,
a coiled snake, lay very still. I uncoiled
its slithering length,
it hissed on the dry grass and weeds
with tiny violet flowers.
Spot lights came out,
one by one, on the dome above. House-
lights, switched off.
wide arcs of elongated beams, like signals
from a lighthouse.
As if on cue, lightning
streaked naked, across the skies.
Through the clouds,
Morrison announced: is everybody in,
the ceremony is about to begin.