A continuously changing environment

requires a devil to cleave through its
porridge multi-coloured as god's
covenant (and then some) an open-ended sentence
going on and on like some “oral" instruction

manual writing itself ad hoc, up-
skilling in dental and pornographic
contexts—but this is how we move
forward as a team, strong, weak

and indigenous with knowledge and
experience of key issues relating to
administrative aspects of the same
or similar tasks performed like

a well-known song on a prime time talent show




The Platonic Idea of that particular individual

When you're a cab
driver you could be a cab driver 20 30 years
and after that you're still

...which is why the waxwork evokes
a feeling of horror... 
to have taken the Mac Donald's
by the freeway for
a landmark because it reminds you of a dream
you had in which almost everything was
destroyed by fire
                                 lit by the farmer
under his goat. Why, you ask?
                                 Do the sums below
               ...and so it was left to me
to discover the secret...
                                 to find out
the answer: So he could boil his billy





I use words in their dictionary meaning

smooth stones dropped into water
after being heated, to make soup

using the pivot table function
a chair, an artwork the "point" of which was like

the fakir's bed of nails: a trick
playing on religious credulity

at last the christmas break came along
marking the 4/4 time signature

and by telepathy
renewing the promise of an end to seasons





[Jal Nicholl's poems are splattered all over the web like a viscous substance. He also writes horror stories.]

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