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The Axolotl by Severin, Constantin
I want to Throttle That Darned Axolotl! by sutherland, angela

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The Axolotl

English version by Liviu Martinescu

- a solo nijuin renku -

waves covered in wind
in our blood the salt of the sea
is seeking the shore

autumn clouds scattered
by viola d'amore

insatiably drinking in
the image of those conches
lurking amongst barren poplars

devious ways in
a square black against white

stuck between word and shadow
time
a salamander

I would twirl your red hair
in yellow rings

through rolls of thick fog
to meet the axolotl
bearing the face of my beloved

afloat away from our own selves
among unknown engravers

in the foreign harbour
anemones
sink the eternal sky

in the long forgotten bell
crickets have taken shelter

melting wax 
covers the books
of metamorphosis

smoky chrysalides
rise from among vowels

the shape of the larva
slowly yields the contour
of your absence

my palm feels the vortex
of your frozen name

a scream snowed under
albatrosses with myrtle in their beaks
shattering the moon

how changed the last
water dwellings

a cluster of birches
from one being into another
music will pass

it's only the sound of time
that entices grass to germinate

amongst plum blossoms
the hourglass sends up its sand
up/down to the last grain

deep into lilac woods
fire devouring fire


Copyright © Constantin Severin | Year Posted 2011


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I want to Throttle That Darned Axolotl!

I have a friend called Bob Beaubobble
who trains unusual pets to juggle
assorted items frequently fumbled
by freakish fish or octibumbles

This hobby made him mucha dinero
which he put in the bank ‘with interest’ to grow  
but while he was filling in all of the forms
One creature escaped from under his arms

Unseen in the dark, in the bank late at night
It bypassed security through the intranet site
And juggled and gambled to its hearts content
playing with our pennies until they were spent

Red-faced officials met the press in a panic
George Bush sent more troops to Afghan and Iraq
World leaders drew circles around toxic debt
then pointed their fingers to the country that started it...

The slimy old salamander sucks his cigar
as he drives to his office in a luxury car.
CEO though all see he's a feckless axolotl
without any shame, just a shed load of bottle.

He's safe in the knowledge, while his bank has been drained
A huge bonus is scheduled to keep him retained
and cash will be pumped from the taxpayers vains 
soon he’ll start things all over and gamble again.


Copyright © angela sutherland | Year Posted 2009