Friday, August 14, 2009

For Example

You must watch the faces of the actors
when the film is stopped and see how they linger there
to spend a week of your life alone in a Block Island hotel
with a camera taking pictures every minute
fact : your face changes once or twice a day
you have many interests that represent long-term
gain you recline into a chair before moving
the clothes onto the floor with your medicine
like for instance you look into the mirror while
she starts a fire with your clothes
uses a vicks inhaler to liven up her senses
you can't abandon the medium of the word and rely
on massages to relieve neurotic tension
it is important to paint the human body
so it is not distorted or grotesque
that could freak a nervous person out
they want something recognizable and comforting
in old age we are aware of repetition
a reliable rhythm is waiting for you
like despair is a beat of a drum or joy
is a loop that has been severed from your hand
a finger that taps a twitch until it stops
and you pick it up and put it in a bag of ice
and bring it to the hospital or the police station
the greatness of the act depends on the place
from which it is accomplished so in public
you betray your authentic ideal for the sake
of the common good or for the sake of communication
you become part of the living political machine
how does a message like this make you feel?

2 Comments:

Anonymous kimberly said...

I came here needing something this morning, Todd, and you happened to have it. Thank you.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely brilliant. When can we have lunch? EEEEEEE

11:53 AM  

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