mervyn

mervyn

merv-miro
a headful of these shapes all day

merv worked in grey lynn
in the shoe factory his job
in the storeroom turning
big uneven pieces of leather
back and forth in mind on
the wooden table to count out
see clearly just how many uppers
the flattened spread of the upper
part of the shoe could be
cut from one such
piece all day
turning the leather
thinking a headful
of Miró protozoan
shapes under a
bald electric light
come winter summer
in an air that fairly
sweated. come back in
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