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Experiment 13

Smoked Glass

page 8

Smoked Glass

Tension of fitting
these new fragments
to this frame.

I am heavy with glass
leaden light

formal divisions.
I am looking out
look in

through these arabesques
smoked diamonds
multicoloured panes.

I see my father
old bulb blower
toiling to throw
his warm grains
in her hot retort

silicon child
frozen too soon
because he did not know
the warm breath of his teacher.

For you
I prepare to submit to the hot flame
your glass-house was never a prison
in it you learnt to dance

the sound of your voice shivers my opaque walls.

May I
like you
become fluid with translucent structures.

Russell Haley.