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A distance reduced to miles where between the duet of two points lays a gulf. I will look out toward a sky that meets a sea. I will see nothing but a seamless pane upon endless horizons where birds drop one by one. A thin line where red blips in the night will flash, rhythmically etching afterimages of a code. I will not understand because of a fracture in the transmission filtered through a determined hum. Words become vague focal points in a cacophony of signals and garbled misrepresentations. With my good ear, a tinfoil hat, and a lightning rod I climb to higher ground to tune in as a final act against the swell of a tide. Where the sweep displaces two points farther. Where the flare can only be seen by one.

A General Revelation

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Away from the crowd and out into the streets we were standing in ones and twos. Arms reaching and blind grasps towards the limits of sequece as lines diverge and converge plotting maps above our heads. Stray light is a midway station between sky and the earth hurtling just out of view as we searched a slow moving star. We tracked the expanse of the night and in four minutes time, the invisible was made visible to our naked eyes. It was so small from this vantage point, and yet, it was I who felt reduced. That was when I came looking for you, as if your presence, just another tangent line, could make me feel larger within a basin of twilight.

The Empty Hand

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And it hums molecules, 

that are swelling weightless upon the air

 

And it writes a tracing, 

of motions paced from an exhausted night 

 

And it knows a closeness, 

that becomes immeasurable distances

 

And it grasps for internal storms, 

making calm within an empty hand

 

And it saves the spirit, 

in an aviary adrift on the arbor

 

And it waits to know, 

if our certainties are more than lambent virtues 

 

And it holds the warmth, 

as two sticks abrade spark into a fire 

 

And it becomes a branded heart, 

into the flesh of an empty hand

Twins

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A gemini without a twin has to exist for two in order to support their phantom half. To feel alone as a child, especially for an only child, is a normal behavior manifesting in the constant seeking of company to balance a childhood of solitude.  And so we embrace imaginary worlds, with imaginary friends.  To carry that quest into adulthood is suspicious of an arrested development leading to a lifetime of groping in the dark for a vaporous someone.  Still alone when we reach out to embrace the empty air and with every loss chipping away until it erodes under their feet.  Each loss a devastation where their air fans at fires and turns waters into tides. Without a sense of solid earth we each suffer.

That Dark Light that Falls From the Stars

Anselm Kiefer, cette obscure clarté qui tombe des étoiles, 1996

Anselm Kiefer, cette obscure clarté qui tombe des étoiles, 1996

That dark light

that falls from the stars

Such an inverse 

of static

like ash fallen from aether

upon a tangled sea

 

These German landscapes

they could be Kansas

after all

With such tidy rows

that swallow

and spit us out 

in nanoscale

to prove truth in our trivial

 

That dark light

that falls from the stars

Hums a cicada song

or is it a drone of telegraph wire 

upon the plain

where sunflowers grow

and brush fires efface all

for new

The Spanish Peaks

You had said that the range 

was the small of a woman’s back.

And the indians, they had said 

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these were the breasts of the earth.

But I chose never to see it, not that way.

Instead, transfixed on the vastness of that valley.

A paleness, something like sandstone.

Such a small thing that made us feel at home.

 

No matter the time of day, 

there is a warmth to that light.

A light spread open and wide and welcoming.

But the dryness and the constant moan,

It threatens our existence, especially at night.

The tarps they rage and even the trees, in a slow burn, seek a moment of placidity.

Even the trees know, it won’t come.

At least not until morning, when the first light reaches the Spanish Peaks.