With the rising sun
And sluggish

A bottleneck

In the nape’s
Scruffed and scragged

From a slow
Distortion, the
Crooked, contorted

Sinews come to
Rest. Distressed by
Some new normal

Vine-tangled spine

Muscles punctured
By kind needles
Letting off their


Pistons wheeze
Punctuated movements
Stop-motion frames at

Ten degrees away
Unaligned axis
Distended nerve range

Large muscles supported
By small muscles
I didn’t know

Existed. Twisted

Spine, perhaps
Perhaps I’m not
Indestructible at all


© 2015 Stuart Rawlinson


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