Saturday, February 09, 2008

020952 - 020908

i. Sputter

The story so far, told
in degrees of uncompanioning:
once again the mise en scene is winter

and paths that once seemed long
shrink to a point, to a hole through deep snow
calculated as a nail. There is still time

to sort through the remaining propositions:

You must
lose the idea of shelter.

The worst
has already happened.

Things like that.

I know a woman --

-- wait, stop, doesn't that remind you
of your most secret dream

-- well, yes, of course,
there is a hermeneutic of every fragment
even diphthongs, particles of lament,

but I must remind you it is winter
and the ambiguous murmuring bushes
have shed everything but
advocate and wood

so that what remains is whip and hiss
and indifference.

Neither nostalgia for a face
of waters, nor longing
for a street of water
can quench

the prayer of mirrors.

-- Wait, wait ! Your desire for propositional clarity is understandable,
there are tasks indigenous to every stage of life,
spring cleaning and picnics, Martha and Mary,
but don't you see that the face you must seek
is the antenatal one ?

-- What are you saying, then ?
That everything's just a bloody afterbirth ?

That we're orphans,
suckled by machines,
subsisting on bar codes and zip codes,
mothered by comic simulacra
and rusting ironies ?

ii. Stagger

Questions fail, fall,
in cascades of pink feathers,

then rise again like arms

that reach toward a kiss --

both carnal

and subtle as a ray.

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