Alien for Breakfast

Artwork by Samuel Lewis
Artwork by Samuel Lewis

A feather of perception swaying

the lightest drizzle from a waterfall

searching correlatives

in the misty edge of speech

surfing bashful thoughts

flits of panic withdrawn

disjointed rituals of sound

— the night pageant a digression

circumcised

as the shadow slips into the shower

the kettle squeals it back into the kitchen

the toaster performs its array of flickembers

clickflops under dutifully golden toast

and sleep consciousness dawns

its statue of salt

— the alien ready

to whisk the day once more into circles of logic

 

the light feather of perception dissolved

the hologram thickened for yet

another nine-to-five pact of life

 

it is now never

for anyone to know any less of

what servitudes life didn’t carry

compliances comfort didn’t shell

perils the body did take under the only shirt

of courage

the daily daring not to ebb

into the nine-to-five pact of life

 

black steaming coffee – the potion

to harness the alien into regular time

 

 

 

About Teresa Tudela 1 Article
TERESA TUDELA'S Portuguese poems have been published in books, collected in print anthologies, magazines and online. They are quoted in newspapers, sites and blogs. They have garnered various press reviews and have been awarded a literary prize. She is newly committed to bringing her English poems to the public.