on desert like a spoon of cold blood
where the mighty auroch graze at her big white stain
her tongue to god’s
through a priceless gauze. he likes this
IO of the
the abomasum and scur. the king of egypt
bathes in rosewater for her
IO - a portrait
by Gerhard Richter: haptic rosettes
of cardinal blue / fog in the Strait of Istanbul / horn-cooped moon
IO can’t concentrate
for the gadfly stings. her temperament is assumed
to be multidimensional. she has, after all, such human eyes.
Commissioned for National Poetry Library's Open Day 2018 on the theme of 'Odysseys'. Part of London Literature Festival.