Free from death for now

The long alimentary canal

Glides along with the

Churning tremors of a saline slime

Where air is driven

Beneath elastic tubes

In pink gutters

Draining toward the only light

That faces in and out

To search for little spies

That lurk in mucus swamps

Devouring the green seeds

Where the lush force

Of foam and stone

Grinds everything it feeds

The spilling plant life

Just concealed

Now gives it once

That last release

Until it breathes


Ted Goodell

December 22, 2008

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