Once for each thing. Just once; no more. And we too,
just once. And never again. But to have been
this once, completely, even if only once:
to have been at one with the earth, seems beyond undoing.
“I cannot help laughing,” you will answer me; I accept the absurd explanation, but let it be a melancholy laugh, then. Laugh but weep at the same time. If you cannot weep with your eyes, weep with your mouth. If it is still impossible, urinate. But I warn you, some sort of liquid is needed to attenuate the aridity which laughter, with her rear-split features, carries in her womb.
transcendent molecules accumulate · clamouring together in the silence of a body of water · still as night. a thing emerges · saline flesh · struggling to breathe. we are of water · you and i · and to the water we shall return. my grandfather was mostly liquid · a bottle of whiskey at his feet as
a [he] 2 sat in his recliner chair. tabacco smoke obscured his yellow face. his socks under the couch as i rooted for lost quarters · dimes · and nickles. a deck of cards on the coffee table · a game of spades. he died in that recliner chair · a corduroy pattern impressed on the right side of his face. slowly he would return to the water · but first · he would need to cross it. charon’s silver obol placed on his pale pink parched tongue. our bodies must dry before being returned to the water. our bones may remain as the vestige of the ephemerality of our bodies · but in time · they too will return to the water.
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way!
An American Folk Song
abiogenetic creatures with crystalline liquid eyes · and still bodies that moan like an ice-covered lake. the river meanders carrying the reflection of the moon · a child born of this · into this · wet with the love of mother. auspicious lifeforms where biology is kind. alchemic child · child of gold · child of sun and rain · child adrift in the cool green-blue headwaters of life. mother’s crown in the distance · child finds ivory milk · mother is fluid · father is a dream of father’s father’s father
· a stone 1 · a fossil record · a stone tapestry washed in the tears of joy. messianic water purifies child · child cries · voices of ancestor flow from child’s mouth · the room is wet while mother sleeps dreaming of the dark ocean and child drifting in a woven basket under rose coloured moonlight.
1 2017.03.06: removed “a stone” due to unwanted repetition w/ “a stone tapestry”
2 2017.03.06: removed “a” to be replaced with “he”