The bravado of Limehouse

I cover the waterfront
My ghostly feet are
Bicycles in the moonlight
Shoals of fish
I eat with my rotten teeth
In my attic are sea charts
Printed in Egyptian museums

I cover the waterfront
On my seagull legs
I stand in rowing boats
That catch the even tide
When water sprites invade
The shipyards
Smiling with fish hook teeth

I cover the waterfront
Beneath the wheels
Of old wooden wagons
In an old raincoat
With pockets filled with rats
I stand on Limehouse stairs
As the river eats me away

The lady with the red light
Who stares from across the river
From the warehouses of love
Throws me sea roses
I catch the jumping sea horse
As it twitters in the coral
Like a glass Chinese sailor

I cover the waterfront
Lantern mouth
Mouth stuffed with fish bones
Whale blubber igloo compass
My deck hands like crane levers
As my bread floats upon the water

I cover the water front
Half lifeguard, half octopus
I wade out to sea
To grab a storm in my teeth
My mother in her chariot
Calls above the clouds like a tornado

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