by Dan Raphael
â€œThe oxygen around us must be killedâ€ -Rudolph Steiner
we walked places that were underwater several hours later.
other places we could see but never get to, like standing where the continents moved apart
when a childhood friend and all his familyâ€™s stuff went into a truck and vanished
what came first the screw or the screwdriver
cars had been ready for almost a year before the first person got behind the wheel & drove.
in a week all the cars had drivers,
many of whom left their families and were confused by mirrors.
the problem with great placesâ€”like Denali or the Sphinxâ€”is they donâ€™t move.
seeing isnâ€™t being there. even blind people can be somewhere sensing more of the coordinates
light doesnâ€™t care bout maps, gets down to shadow & moisture, hunger & frequency.
too much information and iâ€™m not sure which language is mine
bread can be crumbs cubes unsliced afire soaked until it forgets
left in the dark for a month and think its just tomorrow.
how many foods have houses been made from
giant zucchini hollowed, hardened & bound into rafts
those days i had to walk 4 miles every morning to bring myself home
since i wasnt sleeping together
tomorrow the map has one less column
the skys so close I can read the suns logo, halfway between egyptian & sanskrit
puffy in places & runny in othersâ€”no ones been able to duplicate it.
if they did the logo would burn or mutate whoever touched it
weâ€™d have to send all those logos into space so fast the rockets couldnâ€™t stop
planting beautiful flowers and grasses in countries theyâ€™ve never heard of.
my parents used to say i wasnâ€™t born but found clinging to the side of an ohio river barge.
i cant swim underwaterâ€”when my eyes open so does my mouth