Underlord (for Robert Newman)

by Ralph Pite

travel’s ichor

raw power

errand’s mycelium


Cracked it will evanesce
release motility extruding
filament webs spectacular
 for its niche


in shrouded east
 rare Juban
jawa, Io-benzoi, Benzene

like unto a
 fatnesse issued
out of earth


Away across the estuary
slender towers and at the highest
corner-point a flaming banneret’s
 forked hands


rainforest ferns

turquoise abdomen laid

down amidst
spore-crusted fronds

and juiced by folding