Untitled (September 23 2007)

the sky tonight my god thick blankets
of altocumulus everywhere I turn but
rent here and there fissures in the
firmament as is said and in the west
slate and cerulean blue and sapphire
and Persian indigo over azure
emptiness and to the east an otherwise
invisible sunset enflames the same
cotton wool from below contrasting
the world into brilliant orange beneath
and midnight blackening above the
colours and visible texture of fresh
lava splashed and spread and holding
momently still against the sky in the
eye of my camera and you were
mentioned tonight we were brought
up as the limping not quite yet dead
thing we were then and I told the
truth and the reality of you of us that
we were something
returns like the tide like the seasons
and my eyes my eyes my eyes are
always filled with tears for you for us
for the death before life of us if only
you were happy with someone else
and not still lost and so hopelessly sad
if only I could indulge myself in selfish
tears for my own forsakenness
without the above the air we
breathe are silent noble citadels of ice
and breathlike water that we cannot
touch despite our mastery of flight
and beneath an epidermal crust so
thin it barely bears the name of skin
the earth is churning starhot molten
metal magma most of the way to its
core which is unknowable to us and
the things we spend our days in are
below beyond mundane they are dust
particles we push around while the
truth lives miles down and up and the
only truth us mote-pushers can taste is
turning away from the world that
we’ve made and seeing that the sky
above the supermarket is flattened by
fresh lava and the mountains at the
end of the street are cloudy royal blue
and it is only the debris of the world
falling down inside us that destroyed
possibility not us not you

[the appearance of this poem has been slightly altered by Redbubble’s autoformatting]

Untitled (September 23 2007)

Tatterhood

Brunswick, Australia

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