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Friday, July 2, 2010

Pukapuka Poem #42 - A Penrose Pineapple Michael O'Leary

A Penrose Pineapple
(for David Eggleton)

industrial grey
backgrounds this
red-blue bordered
painting as though
some punk Gaugin
gotta hold of
the notion that
the Pacific Ocean
needed some
sorta expression
for its time and place
and a real
Penrose high is
resultant, subject to
flecked fruit
red – yellow – green
zig-zag jagged
edges behind which
lies Christmas Island
Happy New Year
on Mururoa
and the pineapple
is number one fruit
on the menu at
Atomic Café, Tokyo
branch-line to
Onehunga via Te Papapa
bullet train, bomb train
no time (fragmented)
like the present
shunted reality
nuclear free, unclear future
“Bravo! Bravo!” its
the U.S. Marshall Islands
playing in the Pacific basin
and the Penrose pineapple
says enjoy your
full half-life

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