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A View From Santorini

By Richard Cabut.

The moon moves fast in the sky
Away from the earth; this
Thought

As though it can hardly bear to observe the
Deterioration,
The wear and tear

And the world below? It has its own
Rules
Which clearly aren’t human

In the moonlight we read of the German artist
Plagiarist
Cheat who offers for success his stained teeth

Unlike him I have acrophobia,
I fear the fall, except in my
Dreams

On this volcanic island
They flow like lava;
Ne plus ultra

I hurl myself off 100 ft cliffs
To a place where it’s hard to tell good luck from
Bad

And where we don’t always recognise the
Doors
That close even as we miss those that open

Offering a chance to lose substance, to become
Transparent
To defy gravity

Where we can be
Present
But intangible

Talking about failure and hoping for
Something
Somewhere else

Where dreams are
Reflected
In the surface of the fast moving moon

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Cabut has written for the BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Big Issue and many other publications. He writes fiction, takes pictures and cycles around town. He used to play in the punk band Brigandage and publish the fanzine Kick.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Monday, July 7th, 2008.