‘Three Red Things’ by C. Murray

Three Red Things

the three red things are:

a red umbrella with a black lace trim
spoke-shattered it belongs to my mother,
does not match my abstract and faux
snaky blouson jacket,

Alfred Schütze’s The Enigma of Evil
a memento-mori from his old library,
its red cover is rain-glued-sodden.
I bind myself to a tree,

a shopping bag, berry-red
not much to say about it
is the third red thing.

And I am in the park,
moulded to the body of a tree

its roots are moving beneath my feet.
I am afraid it will tear up from the
soil’s hungry drinking as,

form crystallises

assumes its
 almost shape,

within the silica of
 this holding-skin,

beneath crystal swipe
 and tungsten-lunge

into the exact point
 and drain,

then seep
 from the vessel-encasement,
not sustainer.

Form crystallises
form becomes

 a stone dress

 the whole woman

not tamp-in
 onto the still-living-soil
a new shape

 the bone and the
 the still-warm blood

and infinitely blue,
the milk-flow from crystallising breast,

material as silk-soft
(as) caul or veil
can be sweet as silk or rain or


rain sinews against and into
chalice of womb,
half-into the wall
and often not

a lone, a bird night-sings and a

tremor of rain runs liquidly down the bodice and gather,
as gradual operation of hand-upon-hand, hand-on-stone
make a pleat, a stitch, a fraying thread, on bodice sequined
for silica plinthing.


Three Red Things is the title poem of Three Red Things  published by Smithereens Press in 2013.
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