february 2020


...step into another person’s mind

and you will see their wilderness become your own


you will stand a stranger

and watch as existence moves


down its list of anecdotes

to where women gave birth


amid piles of garbage

to where plastic roses


were left on a child’s face

and where, further down


the truth long ago turned liquid

and memory itself was poured into a glass


so thus have we all

become each other’s prisoner


outsiders standing alert in each other’s mind

watching those wild, untamed places


cluttered with anecdotes

existence finally crossing you off its list


as just another rose, just another face

another irrelevance...







...I have arrived at the insurmountable

the hypnotic citadel


a trance-like edifice

that ignites when touched


that gleams with intuition

with the immensity of the truth


visceral, raw and unmatched

the ecstasy which lies, all-consuming


even beneath our fingernails

even in the very breath


with which we surround the earth

this painless fire


this joy that, at long last, is free of mankind

the citadel rising like blindness


dissolving all it sees

its darkness unmatched


its mirrors insurmountable

reaching even further beyond the truth


to encircle even the earth

with more than just life...