Some Were on Fire
It made its perch on a wand of mountain gristle
stuck deep in the side
………………..of Wednesday. All was below.
The northmen with snow on their shoulders.
Love worth a day
worth also a life. The god-granted anger
on piggy-backs of starving fathers. Mewlings.
Bad luck ends the world, but still
no one worships it.
Magic is a thousand-year hunch that’s asked for
…………………It flapped simply to be flapping,
sending a foul color down the mountainside.
What destruction looks down on
is wise enough in time
not to look back. Boys toeing candied heads
beneath their boots,
rolling them back one step on the macadam
and then forward. Back two steps
and then forward. You grinning Apocalypse,
all this is yours
but hope for better. For much and moreso.
The boys guessed
it was hidden behind a wagon wheel just before
they were set upon from above
instead. Then they were just spoolings of red air
beneath its perch
for what seemed a lifetime
because it was. After all, all’s above. But not just
Some looked and saw it, some looking at it saw
nothing. Then what they wanted.
These let their whips limp through the mud
singing a motley principle. Those took to a knee
and thought harder
………………..about the way of things.
I think there’s vampirism here. An act of violence
perpetuated at this exact point
becomes a strain on the idea of surface, like copies
in a museum. It only takes a man
with an infinitely receding hairline and a love for
his own teeth
to blare from the depths the icon of the wandering
Jew, or, if everything is a simulacra,
a police in which the beast life is still capable.
Have you seen a baby clung to its tit? You’ve seen
a lion and its tamer
………..and the fabulous count. Let’s get a tattoo
that represents what he is, how people perform,
the loving detail. Can you draw a line
between? Can you draw a line at all?
Listen, I can actually trace my ancestry: I’m a man
but I can argue too for another way. I am a carrier
at any hour. But that, Sir, takes some blood-letting.
photo mikelehen / flickr