august 2020

 

                        (i)

 

...this is an odyssey to those vast faces

those bodies of monumental glass

 

the black, obsidian giants

whose androgynous beauty

 

towers over all existence

it is this that can be heard breathing in the night

 

this dark neutrality

which can be felt

 

permeating the mind

with these layers

 

these few millimetres

that move the universe to tears

 

it is something which feigns to exist

playing instead the blind itinerant

 

tapping from cell to cell

these solid faces of glass

 

such measureless silence

such self-seeming layers

 

frontiers that glow as they dream

that exist only because they dream...

 

 

 

                        (ii)

 

...as these moons sit within my heart

surveying the brightness of their own blood

 

the past finally declares victory

and sucks out my eyes

 

leaving the sparrows to peck at the anecdotes

still stuck between my teeth

 

and although I do not understand

what these raw stones and meat

 

are doing inside my mouth

I sense it is some locus of the universe

 

some sightless pulse

caged beneath my skull

 

like birds, like memories

a self-inflicted dust

 

its great axioms subsuming slowly

back into the molten earth

 

so is this hissing in my ears

just the past oozing into the sea

 

taking my eyes as trophies

or is it something else unforeseen...

 

 

 

 

                                     (iii)

 

...and so the aphorisms go on and on

falling apart

 

page after page of queasy verse

playing at truth

 

feigning humility, yet with an ego

that still claims ownership of itself

 

an intravenous line

of verbs fed into a vein

 

of minerals that bleed aloud

of languages dripping from a bag

 

the cry of dimensionless sonnets

their shadows grasping

 

reaching out through the bars

at those who pass-on-by

 

still playing at truth

such intravenous humility

 

such hyphenated eyes

that still claim to see themselves as themselves

 

and the world as the world

and no more...