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 Claudia Lapp

On a black horse
with moon-shaped hooves
blowing a green glass trumpet
he came
on the tide of dream debris
blowing with no sound

then came phrases
sheening like ribbons
which I couldn’t catch
and green glass arabesques
from the dark one’s trumpet
and the delicious beat
of hooves on sand I couldn’t resist

Understand that
when the dark one comes
blowing the sea green conch
past drops away
and I follow


Claudia Lapp
from HONEY, Vehicule Press
Montreal, 1977

Poem set to music by Canadian composer
David Gossage and read by Matthew von Baeyer
in MELOPOEISIS, a CD produced in Montreal, 1998

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