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SPLICE (40 lines i wish i’d written from films i wish i’d seen)

1
/ you are watching artifice murmur to an object /

2
/ the chair you are sitting on would make a more reliable witness /

3
/ so hold a gun to my head and tell me Godot is here /

4
/ i can tell by the rust on your lips that you haven't lied for weeks /

5
/ i love it when we swap hands in the dark then pretend we're both alone /

6
/ lets pour our lives into each other's mouths count to 3 and swallow /

7
/ lets staple faith to our favourite guide dog and get out of here /

8
/ you drive the car and i'll build the road /

9
/ his eyelids became transparent as he thought about you /

10
/ the rain was singing through your teeth /

11
/ she had already put in her application to become the sense of smell /

12
/ she placed two lanceolate leaves over his eyes and told him to wait until autumn /

13
/ if you force the stars through a sieve light suddenly becomes edible /

14
/ in a sugar cube the size of a spare bedroom Krzysztof sleeps /

15
/ it's not unusual for memories in scuba gear to climb out of a well made coffee /

16
/ by chance they turned our heads into dice and threw us across the table /

17
/ we put in a window where our life used to be /

18
/ you put rumours in cages and convinced your friends to feed them /

19
/ i'm sick of dragging your big grey heart around in this rickshaw /

20
/ as i crawl on graphite limbs on a white floor to the foot of your bed /

21
/ treat the sun like a bitch and make it shine /

22
/ go and pull Artaud out of his bath with the hooks on your tongue /

23
/ she thought about carbonating his blood and drinking it with ice /

24
/ the entrails left over from the sin are the most delicious part /

25
/ i once had a job changing the light-bulbs in Francis Bacon's paintings /

26
/ the safest place i could be right now would be inside your lungs /

27
/ don't answer this question until i'm far enough away to be the answer /

28
/ so i began my address to this crowd of anonymous people dressed in their fly screen suits

29
/ through a slit in the door as you undressed i saw the black and yellow stripes on your torso /

30
/ although beautifully polished Kafka's shoes could not evade movement or stillness /

31
/ weren't you the first man to take out a restraining order against his shadow /

32
/ you could pierce the Devil's nipples with those eyes /

33
/ how can you just put handles on your victims and carry them around like that /

34
/ i had to walk away with only the loose change from redemption in my pocket /

35
/ keep the truth under the foreskin of a dead man and freeze it for the second coming /

36
/ i am about to tell you what Eve really said to Adam /

37
/ the train said very little before it hit me /

38
/ they found the wings then 300 metres further along the body of the angel /

39
/ he asked that his arms be at 45º so that rigor mortis would make him into an arrow /

40
/ now that we're in control which half of the world do you want /

  

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