Consequences of Paper

The tree in the park
stands and holds conference
with the breeze in the dark

When you see the leaves move
you believe the tree enjoys the wind
but at night

when the branches wince and weave
they breathe with doubt

difficult choices made and unmade
in a flux of woven tickets

admission intermission
extraction and division

final stages now evident
the space in which we look
at each other
to explain the night

the pages they rent
burnt memory vapour

the pictures they wrought
mercury flash death