A hard-drive sits in a pile of rust
mistaken for the dunes of a desert
horizon of a long poisoned place
half buried in the red sandy grains
into one another like the curves of sleeping
women being erased
by the constant winds.
The dunes shift and grow as the wind blows
the grains by the millions in a fine spray
of dust gradually
disappearing into the distance
only to swallow up the sinking Sun in a
unfocused miasma of pungent slag.
does not whir, silently it does not stir
quietly it is churned without
even the shadow
of a sound, around and round it slowly grows
as more and
more files continue to upload
forcing it to grow and grow and grow.
The Cloud does not know that it knows everything
we want to remember,
so it forgets its there just as
surely as we disregard we're awake. Asleep
in our dream
we close our eyes, so when we open them back up
awake we're still really sleep walking without
knowing it. The trick is
the next time we find ourselves
having suddenly dropped or fallen while
on our beds, that is the precise instant in which it is
necessary to willfully stand up from the bed and open our eyes
for the last time) before we resume our natural sleep cycle
uninterrupted by the parasite dreams competing with
each other to feed
on our electrostatic energies.
this world you observe outside of our warped car
polarized sunglasses and disposable contact
lenses, this growing complex
organism of chaotically ordered
arrangements that we call life, that
we visualize so clearly
from behind our corneas and through the pin-hole
of our eyes, processing sensual information to our brains,
arranged in patterns that mirror pairs of galactic superclusters
despite appearing as a single realm or continuum through which
step, so carefully one foot at a time, in such a measured
manner, across the most steadfast bedrock stage
of planetary solitude,
may in reality (insofar as how the value
of that word relates to our
comprehension of what it is supposed
to represent) be not so much the
singularity we imagine it to be
suspended in a likewise manner amid the
scattered bodies of the stars
but more of an entangled miring of
criss-crossed and knotted clusters
of multiverses competing to perform
their song which results
as a symphonic overture seamlessly blended
what appears to us as the singularity of our world.
The inimitable presence of a superconductor
at large suspended in the very atoms we breathe.
articulate our belief systems with our
human voices we are adding
nothing more than
chimes to the backdrop of this overture.
procreate and raise children who grow
tall and kind and wise we are
prowess to the orchestral pit in constant turmoil
the quantum level of creation. Mountains heave
upward through oceans
from shifting tectonic plates
while oxygen facilitates the growth of a
upon the planet's crust which the Earth itself
away the itch fertilized by lightning
strikes and pulverized asteroid
with dandelion spores and bee pollen.
The key to seeing the bee as it really exists
in our world is to see that it's not from this world.
The corner stone of under standing out in the field
of real knowledge is to remain ignorant.
Usable information is static at best and passed
from hand to mouth and lips to ear for years.
The words are seldom remembered but the actions
they engender are copied almost forever.
The most colorful birds or the feathers
of dinosaurs are not of this earth but another.
The sky seeps in from afar as well siphoned
intentionally to keep us under its spell.
The skin of the sky is like the lid on an eye
that is sleeping in its own unmade bed.
The spores of the pine tree are as alien as any
thing piped in from the mysterious Outside.
For all we know, serpents and cats originate
from an ancient process called the Chimera Divided.
Its attempt to contribute to our compound reality
may have refracted into the two separate species.
This planet any planet all planets like our Sun
This star any star all stars like this galaxy
galaxy. All galaxies. Like any super
cluster, galaxy, star, planet,
Asteroid, moon, comet, or meteorite, this Earth
exact and precise divine center.
Sick Story Time
The name of the first one is Zebra, an old machete I was given in Honduras.
The blade is tarnished with age and neglect, and twenty inches long.
At its widest it's an inch-and-a-half, four inches from the tip, then tapers down
to a one inch width at the hilt. On either side toward the top flat edge
of the blade runs a narrow shallow depression nearly eight inches in length
to channel the flow of bleeding sap away from the razor sharp side.
Oh, I have knives. I'm not an obsessive collector; more like a magnetic attractor
over time. Zebra's brown leather hand-tooled scabbard rivets together
brown and green braided leather tassels hanging from the top by the hilt,
and is stitched together in a wavery seam running along the middle of its back.
Down the center of the front of the scabbard are arranged sixteen embossed
triangles in a line. Within each triangle (half an inch wide) appears a sigil
of a five-sprigged plant bearing three globular fruit. Along the edges run
lines of embossed tiny 'X's. Zebra will turn thirty-four this year, and although
much of the length of her blade has dulled its edge, there are yet a few sharp
segments, mostly toward the tip. My other knife is a genuine Ravola for fileting
fish, made in Finland with the artisan's fine signature etched into the three-
and-a-quarter inch blade. The blonde beechwood handle has a slight crack in it
but otherwise remains in immaculate condition. The five-inch leather scabbard
slips halfway up the handle's shaft before gripping it in a tight seal. This one
is named Stinger for its dexterous precision and pointed sharpness.
Yes, I have knives, and they've come in handy, from time to time.
I have many more knives, of every size and for a wide variety of purposes.
From a small one inch long pen knife which folds up into a brass cross
to a full replica of the Conan the Barbarian sword given to me by a friend
just a year ago. Every one of my knives carries its own particular story.
They have all suffered their own various degrees of use. Oh, I have knives,
alright, and they all happen to share one thing in common.
None of them have ever drawn blood...