lockjaw at cowpens

"the rust comes from
oxidation"

it is a byproduct of large
trees breathing and breathing
out the dangerous

oxygen, those
large trees that shadow,
where the asheneyed remnants of the
plantation were-

the fountains
are filled with soapy fish,
and plantain that turns
blue in the light-

where the plantation was
all oxidized smelted engravings
fever and curl up about the
january storms-

this far off the shore. the man who
opens the doors every morning has
a riceking
surname. Rutledge. perhaps drayton,
middleton. he knows

where the sheet-metal is buried underground. he does not tread-

which the fountain finds
funny it laughs in small spurts of
water and algae and
water-