I am like one of those octogenarians who runs marathons. But here I am chugging along in my fuschia tracksuit.
-for Jack Kirby
Silence closed upon what had happened—
It stems from the waves of the mind
& everything moves—& makes a kind of beautiful noise—
Emotional turmoil breaks the dikes of the mind—& releases the flood in which we must fish—
A fear generator disguised as a great billboard
Each of us hears the music in the way that pleases him most
I feel like I’ve swallowed a thousand hot needles
Who but myself is justified in burning down this library?
But I am the revelation! The tiger-force at the core of all things
The architects of the atomic blow-up work feverishly in the evil factory
He is an ever-present fear that sweeps through the universe on swift, silent skis
I breathe! I move! I feel
The fools in that image little realize that we are distorting their cries into laughter
Suddenly the outer offices echo to the sounds of an eagerly awaited arrival
You lie, bodiless dog
Why, the very opposite of living
Slow down or be tranquilized
I regret the intrusion upon your many activities in this place
These are tanks of chemical defoliant packaged in the form of a dog
It’s a joy to be free of the grey & smelly air of a world filled with destructive machines
The guns make no sound
Right now I’m interested in your shiny orbital city
& fate proves to be an ugly, misshapen craft made of aged wood—
Yes, it’s a mysterious pigeon that waits for the vulture’s swoop
Perhaps we can lose ourselves in hamlets, cities—continents—
What kind of world is it—that spawns gods of evil & lesser beings with horribly hostile hang-ups?
Jumping jars of jellied jaguars
Where were you at the dawn of time?
You may get the chance to find out