primary function

I see the dust fall like an avalance
in the mountains
mountains falling from the sky
the sky in an invisible jar of pressures
I see the pressures of their calculus
falling curving where they never arrive
I see the white out of activity
in a swarm of bodies
if our eyes had eyes
if our hands handed themselves over
and every word was noise

I don’t care about the primary
function of language
which changes because it forgets
where it left its womb
you can build anything with sound
stone dwellings in the side of a canyon
a symphony that levitates an audience
bleached white lime mixed with blood
cruelty my shadow burdened with nothing
not even speech that still crawls
on all fours

apathy as much as opinon always produces
the wrong results

from time to time
I am profoundly amazed
that anything works the way we intend

nothing is supposed to harmonize here
life is not a period
such as a classical or romantic period
with harmonic rules and an aesthetic
that likewise is over-regulated
evolution doesn’t stand still for a measure
or a beat
what we call music has more to do with where
and how we place our feet

when I surprize you with a visit
and bring you something to eat
it is really just to see you smiling
for a minute

the blind dog the size of my shoe
panics at the sound of a deer
and barks like an automatic weapon
firing blindly at the brush
knowing his aim isn’t true

I get up before dawn and walk out to see
the sun through the clouds
the next door neighbor is up too
I can see from the hill the big screen
is on

I serve rich people their just desserts
we sell them sugar and spice
at a very nice price
we tell them to visit again
it’s cheaper than Europe or Hawaii

as soon as you are inside
you can breathe again you can pay bills
and buy things to play with
you pay taxes to the corporate government
and the wars go on

primary function

Anthony DiMichele

Friday Harbor, United States

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