afterwards

Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Naked Human

- with hard iron-boots

I will step

and turn my iron-heel –

 

- a woman sits crying

on an unmade bed –

yesterday the sheets were white and smooth,

yesterday her child lived –

 

- with hardiron-boots

I will step

and turn my iron-heel,

to squash the laughing face

of all the sick hours,

who drag themselves along on clattering crutches

after –

 

- the yellow slimy amphibian,

it writhes under my heel,

it breeds with a broken back –

it births

an endless black row of nights

and screaming stillborn days

after –

 

- a woman sits crying –

yesterday her child lived –