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Morphology Lake is The Sunday Morning Poet

Morphology

Lake is The Sunday Morning Poet

by Lake, Film Editor
first published: June, 2023

approximate reading time: minutes

Kirk Lake's poem, Morphology, is taken from his early 90s spoken word LP Pictorial Memo. As your Sunday morphs into Monday, you have taken another step on your personal extinction path...

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Morphology first appeared to my knowledge on Kirk Lake's early 90s spoken word LP for Dreamy Records, Pictorial Memo. Sonic sounds aside that you will not hear here, I was always taken by the lines about our first steps on extinction's path... Lake' subsequent work includes critically acclaimed novels and screenplays, and many wonderful interventions about movies, particularly short films, for Outsideleft.

 

MORPHOLOGY

Lights explode
In his eye
Exotic Birds
Caught in flight

The moon assured
Behind the bedroom door
And you’ll never see him cry

First fish with lungs
First lizard with wings
Evolution sets you on
Extinctions path
First fish with lungs
First lizard with wings
Going one step forward
And five steps back

Mouth is dry
Lips are cracked
A glass of water
Is ocean wide

He raised his hand
The water splashed
His greasy pores drown in brine

First fish with lungs
First lizard with wings
Evolution sets you on
Extinctions path
First fish with lungs
First lizard with wings
Going one step forward
And five steps back

Strange to know
Afraid to ask
The blood drips red
but it dries black

The ceiling cracks
And the faith he lacks…
Watch it drift away like holy smoke

First fish with lungs
First lizard with wings
Evolution sets you on
Extinctions path
First fish with lungs
First lizard with wings
Going one step forward
And five steps back

© Kirk Lake

Lake
Film Editor

Kirk Lake is a writer, musician and filmmaker. His published books include Mickey The Mimic (2015) and The Last Night of the Leamington Licker (2018). His films include the feature films Piercing Brightness (2014) and The World We Knew (2020) and a number of award winning shorts.


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