Claws not Tame

Cat's claw

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these tame claws
are but not benign
not lacklustre
not positive
for negative
these claws know harbour
know scratching in silence
in silhouettes and shadows
in the orchestras of light-play
and dark offspring-marks
when you cradle these appendages
these limbs
these flesh of chisel and plum
remember
to let
me
see your
eyes
these nails and hammers
that move music
play as silk
in a carnival of instruments
that are in my body
can unplug
those marbles
your coquettish tweed suit
needs no ironing
as these claws
needs no clipping
in meditation
they perch
and flow
like tides of water
venom of ice

you can smile
remember
that the eyes

dwell
and fingers linger…
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