A Shape like a Circle

Artwork by Cheralyn Lim
Artwork by Cheralyn Lim

For G. & M. K., & fellow travellers

 

1.

 

I travel incognito in an

Englishman’s “Chinese delegation”

 

with a box of Belgian chocolates

& a leather-bound journal from Florence

 

that you can take home with you.

I know it seems redundant

 

going to Bruges, but I’ll let you know

that the box & journal will never speak

 

of the green upon green found living

along the Rhine. Where Prague’s forest,

 

once claustrophobic, disperses

into that same greenery.

 

2.

 

I’ll also let you know that receiving your

pre-packaged blow of home-grown intellect-

 

ual decay post-September 7th on

the grounds of Sachsenhausen could not

 

compare to the melodrama of

a quick fuck in a shower

 

stall, before coming down

& hitting bottom that same morn-

 

ing en route to Amsterdam. All of us

having stayed up, scattered across

 

Berlin before, like well-learned

children, making our way back

 

with alternative versions playing

at slippery nerve ends.

 

3.

 

Or that coffee

pot enjoyed

 

just outside

Dutch canals.
 

4.

 

After talking at you for two days,

using your man-deodorant

 

& toothpaste (I’ll send you

those photos I promise).

 

Now back to Florence: Firenze’s

hospital fresco was inspirational

 

5.

 

enough—

& Rome was

 

good & all (if

you’re into that

 

kind of thing).

But it’s Vienna,

 

that overnight

train arrival,

 

that you

cannot beat.

 

6.

 

I’ll ride

the circle

 

just once

to you

 

with this

circus where

 

7.

 

the mucus breaks & I bleed

for the first time in two months,

 

realising this was

a healthy thing to do.

 

You start when I finish & I

take off with egg in my hair,

 

knowing its okay.

We’ll meet in two weeks

 

where we can do it

all again.

 

 

About Zoe Kingsley 13 Articles
ZOE KINGSLEY is the Deputy Editor (Poetry) at The Suburban Review. Zoe is a writer and collaborator living in Narrm Melbourne. Her poetry and art writing has been published in journals and magazines including Rabbit, The Happy Hypocrite, Powder Keg and Textual Practice.