EVERY MORNING OF THE MOMENT, A NEW CREATION
Every morning of the moment, a new creation,
the distillation of the dreams of the night before
when the moon was as fertile as the dew we were born from.
I start out each day with a new face. By nightfall
it’s just another phase of the same old ageless deathmask,
heavier than a bell that’s been talking through my mouth
for more light years than I’ve got tears to measure in mirrors.
That’s usually when I start thinking like a potato about stars.
Blood sugars in my mindstream ripening me like a vision
I’ll only ever get to see backstage like a forlorn clown
trying to hang on to his faith in laughter.
You can pursue happiness, but it will only
run from you like the light, or you can cover your eyes
and try to avoid it for fear of losing it like the last time,
but when you turn around, it’s right behind you,
flirting with your shadow. Better to let it come and go
of its own accord, like a waterbird in a moonrise
reflected on a lake. Then when you speak of things
you increasingly know less about the more
you’re intimate with them, your voice isn’t
a bird net trying to cage words on the fly
but an aviary as open as the sky when
Cygnus and Aquila are up, and the Lyre’s
a larynx for the asking. And you’re free
to sing your heart out as if no one were listening
but you and the trees and the stars you hit like high-notes.
Or shriek like a rabbit seized by the coydogs
if you run out of lucky feet and that’s what comes up
like snake eyes. Lap the experience out of the bone
until there’s nothing left to eat but your appetite itself
and among the myriad flavours of life you’ve exhausted
that will taste the sweetest of all to that emptiness
that harvests the world like a blue moon that’s never full.
Is the moon not the equal of its waxing and waning alike?
Is it trying to enlighten its dark side?
When the candle goes out, does the light have any trouble
handling it? Fear returns to what it knows the best.
It hugs the shore like a tidal pool beside the sea,
a dead starfish or two it can get its arms around
like a worm’s-eye view of the galaxy, and the shell
of a red sunset in the morning on the carapace
of a crab that left its hovel for a house in
a more upwardly mobile zodiac. Sometimes
it comes down to that. Quantum level gravity.
A gravitational eye with myopia that bends the light
like a stick in the water, a mirage of sand in an hourglass
that’s afraid of being swept out to sea
with nothing to hold onto but the lifeboat
of a shucked clam Venus just stepped out of onto land
to have sex in a new medium like an artist
who’s just switched from water colours to oils.
You’ve got to accept the down times as all part
of the same wavelength you’ve been riding
like a snake scaled in white caps of light
that break on shore in a turmoil of kelp.
The cosmos doesn’t need to be put in order
and chaos doesn’t need any help. Listen to your sorrows.
Summon them to a seance of yourself
and apologize to their ghosts for not having the voice
to let them speak through you about
learning to swim with the stars further out of your depths
than you’ve ever been before. First you drown
in the fathomless immensities of even the smallest detail,
and then you bubble back up to the surface
of a multiverse with an oceanic awareness
of what’s been hiding under every eyelid of a wave
like a overturned lifeboat that’s waking up
to the fact that everything floats like the moon
in the reflection of its own mindstream.
And whatever sail you spot coming up over
your event horizon, whatever constellation
or black hole you take for a sign of salvation
or salvage, it first had to sink
before it could rise to the rescue.