LIES/ISLE  

  THE JESUS MEN  






Summer is disappearing into a wasp.


The Jesus men gather in a place called Dof
and cut their hair all the same length.


You can buy one for five dollars.
He is wretched:



          a tall man with a shrubby beard, eyes of a fox, an old brave           coat




          a man the colour of honey, something sticking out of his
          pocket       arrogance






In the desert a cactus is water.
In an apartment a cactus is the face of Jesus.






If you take a body
out of a body,
you are left with skin. Take



the man with his ribs
showing through, the dark bellies

of his eyes         he is singing
with his guitar     a cherry is falling

out of his pocket Ś no, a fig    this is a man
who possesses a fig

if you take him out of him,
you get another fig






If you get on a bus, the Jesus men disappear.
They like to go on foot:





a man with a tallow face, eyes
like wicks



a man eating an orange
with its rind



a slightly large man on a stool outside his shop, hair grey, heart
beating like two tree sparrows
caught in a bin



a man not taller than you, stitching
all across his chest           some wounds, he offers,
are more desired than others







  ADITI MACHADO