The Concept Hurts
This is a rock.
The concept hurts.
Bite that thought
into a blood formula.
Thus begins a
sluice race down.
Train the items
to wonder where
they slip to.
A felt well of ocean
rimmed in brush.
Find the bottom of the body.
It is waiting on a pang of wood.
Rest on rocks.
Let your flesh hang.
n o w y o u a r e a
c o m m o n a n i m a l
y o u a r e a c o m m o n a n i m a l
a c o m m o n a n i m a l l o o k i n g o n
a c o m m o n a n i m a l l o o k i n g o n a n d o n
a common animal looking on and on and on your muddy foot you see a clean mark. A hairline crack where the last line broke. Suspended from the balmy tree cover, the letters loosen, falling down around your claws into the wet rot of forest. The common animal with a fractured foot nestled in leaves looking on as the book breaks down. In the musky wood, watch the face of your beloved book as it relinquishes volition. Watch the taught binding soften as you let your eyes settle. The book breaks the show once it sees the common animal is looking. On the warm forest floor words want to be watched. You shiver in your fur as the letter settles with you. See its fine-displayed angles sink into your look. See tact falter as it lights upon your ear. And the Spanish moss the drinking pool the lily pads the beetle husks the oak stump the fern patch the bed of shale the sparrow bones are starting to break down.
We should remember our love-making in the woods before it’s frosted over
So let me begin to collect the dim traces of this presentation:
As it stands what I see is only a mountain of blurred acorns
tumbling onto a row of obfuscated chairs
The ripped surface of the forest hides the trees that sheltered us
Scattered with the murky remains of a well-attended exhibition
Faded to an obscure site of wreckage littered with illegible books
Shreds of paper piled on three-legged tables with splintered side supports
Warped wooden surfaces tip downward as bric-a-brac slides to the floor
Sonic devices with digital components lie disemboweled
Valves and sockets wrenched from their settings
Cables peeled and stripped
Dampers, hammers, bridgepins, keypins,
knobs, jacks and pickups
Pickup a part and chuck it