A window that cared deeply
about the railroad in its breast.
There was a Catherine wheel in the back yard
and a Cassandra in the guest house, paid.
All our forks were wooden.
But all our knives were copper.
This created an incredible sexual tension
between our implements at mealtime.
Later, we gilded even the mice
we beheaded in our traps.
This was when we really arrived.
This was the glorious period in which
nobody knew us
(but the ferrets that slunk
around our naked breasts).
Morning goes across a small, dark pond. The pond goes across the color pink. The color pink goes across the mind of an early walker. The early walker goes across the page of human mind, endlessly turning. This turning goes across the mourning dove who watches from above, in the branches of the frou-frou mimosa. The mimosa goes across geological eras, carrying itself with feminine self-possession. Self-possession goes across my mind briefly, but then I am all these things again. I am the memory of a coffee spoon on a crosstown bus. Where did I leave myself again?
Energy in this room. Furnishings in this room. Particles of life. Photons. Papers with ideograms which are not always loyal. A television’s most sincere dreams. I cherish the t.v’s dreams like those of a bride. I feel a twinge when I must turn it off. It is like leaving a lover when I must leave the room. I close the door behind me, to let the television know that I am its protector. When I find dust on the forehead of the television, I could weep. But it lets me know how faithful my television is. When I see a television thrown out, lying with the garbage in a street, I feel an urge to rescue it. Even if it is dead, it deserves better. How could you not offer a decent burial to one of your closest living relations. What sort of animal lives in that house?
Suddenly, it is late for animals.
There are ripples
above our children’s heads.
It must be Halloween.
The curlicues of moments
gathered in a museum
are just as, as
torching all this off
on blue tops of trees, other torpid things.
I like the way language always feels like.
It is getting somewhere. It feels
like waking up. Getting lighter. The smack of dawn.
Against your back.
The dream that ends when you wake up.
Is not insignificant. Think.
It is like an airplane
going down. Because you woke up.
All those unreal people you were.
They are suddenly on a plane going down
because you have to go to work.
You senseless monster, go back to sleep.
Rescue their unreality!
Your boss will understand.
I like to be born and I like to bloviate.
Yadda yadda. There is a cave
with a tiny Plato inside it.
And I go there every day. I find the dark
subterranean roses. And I bathe them.
I use the old tub I was born in.
It is battered and makes a horrible sound
when I drag it across the cave floor.
My cave’s neighbors think that is me
clearing my throat every morning. What a nightmare!
But it is impossible to explain. So the neighbors
in the next cave own my heart unlawfully.
Things that turn cold.
To help you. On your way.
I am in the back half of the forest.
Where the radios are still playing.
I hadn’t known. The forest is facade.
Stagecraft. The trees props. The birds
do not know they are script.
Extras. Background artists.
The radios high in the trees. Nailed there.
The fruit is heavy with the hands that hold it.
People and scenery are thrown open
like suitcases. Museum by museum.
And sea dampness has filed down
this monument, its arm resting there.
His salt. Sea corundum. Crusted face
reflects in the old bar window, its breath.
A one-wheeled animal strung in lights
goes past. The name of this is all birth,
don’t say a word. The shore’s the same
fingertips at the edge of the ocean.
A goat walks down the beach, laughing at the waves.
My memory going along has gone blonde with this rain.
The wide lights of the children hiding in the circus,
the lion that turns its eyes away in modesty,
what sort of crocodile do you really consider yourself?
Dew splinters over the familiar blue space
where noon hides from morning. The body
mistaken for a camera is where we all go in
and never come back out.