As you shucked the last oysters
onto your side plate
and ordered a lemon ice
I found myself in the guise of a large beetle
down amongst the spilt salt grains
and your slim-line after-dinner cigarettes.
I was a swarm of fifty thousand bees
floating up towards the Venus de Milo
and the damp patches on the ceiling.
I propped up the cold-cuts table
with my enormous body
as a massive brown bear
setting my teeth into the table legs,
my nails almost torn out
by the shaggy carpet.
I found myself as a booming moose,
antlers snagged in the chandelier
and my eyes runny from grill-smoke.
I was a great white and black bird
wheeling around your head
then alighting on the edge
of a soup-ladle
to roll out my plumage
with my beak in a bottle of Big Sticky.
I was a large hare with my fur on end
and prodigiously lopping
over orange-bombes and pink brandies,
the dreaming bread and the searing pan,
a rope of cherries and the garlic
into your arms.