On Ulysses

The voices are everywhere. There
they are crawling from the dead
floater in the bay and taking flight.

The wet walls and eaves are speaking,
can you not hear them – again, it’s happening;
damp mortar discourses on ibn sinna.

Each wave is its own word
and they pile upon pile upon pile –
til we drown in the snotgreen sea

where a deep priest and thousand-fold choir
speak tongues to discourage the wanderer
unwilling to take a breath, and stay