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Contributor Series 2: Candy and Spirits, Table Mountain, Cape Town

10.26.09 Posted in Contributor Series 2, today's words by

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Contributor Series 2: Candy and Spirits

Table Mountain, Cape Town
By John Lavan

Your uphill path isn’t haunted–even
baseball caps on hikers comfort you

until an unusualness

when something warm and bony
gets on my back, reaches and squeezes
my frightened wrist until
I let go,
alarmed, of my chocolate
bar and the skeleton creature whoops and
springs baboon
to the fallen sweet and grinningly turns,
devours it in dust,


and there’s horror
isn’t there?
when you panic
gotten onto
from behind
by a grinning
from behind

isn’t there?

John Lavan’s poems Handicapped Son and A Birth were published at vox poetica in 2009. Read more of his work at his blog. John writes in the north of England.

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