Why are we denied memory from the first two years of our lives?
My friend, Evan can’t even remember yesterday.
What’s your earliest memory?
Mine is meeting my friend, Evan when I was two
I remember this because I have practiced this
memory since Evan and I are still friends.
Baby photos discover what we’ve lost
so when will we discover what we’ve found?
It’s like discovering a black hole
and even if we outlast infinity
we’ll still be waiting
and wanting something more
we’re all jumping out of the 103rd floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center
September 11th, 2001
and we chose to jump instead of burn to death
and as we fall to our last breath
our only options are
do we scream
or do we enjoy the fall?
I’m screaming too.
Running across the March ice
of Lake Erie
(even its name says
how that ice might look safe
cause it could break
at any second
how thin is the difference between fear and terror
when you fall through winter’s ice in spring
even when you’re running your fastest
across this frozen spider’s web
like a male spider
attempting to reach the black widow spider
even after her ripping off his seven arms and legs
in his attempt at love
he strums his last remaining leg along
her finely weaved web
and the male spider’s thinking:
I’ll get her this time.
There’s nothing more important
in this world to more people
than their religion
therefore it is our duty
both as citizens of this society
and all other societies
to know which so called God challenged Abraham to sacrifice
Isaac or Ishmael
and ultimately how much does this matter
when either way Ibrahim went with Allah
or Abraham went with God
we’re all brothers and sisters
and third cousins twice removed
thanks to this
It’s scary stuff when your hospital feels the need to mail you
a formal envelope
your first question is: am I dying?
Your next is: how do I feel right now? I have a sore throat; I must be dying
says the hypochondriac
and the idiot
and in my case both
and in your case
and your reader
the words within the formal envelope
spell out sentences asking me to make a checkup because it’s been
so long since I’ve had a doctor’s hand
up my ass
so now I know
but either way one day
but that’s OK
because I scheduled my death some time between now and infinity.
The stars were once wrenched
from the fabric of this universe
tossed into an intense kiln heat
burning till they settled into ourselves
though now we don’t know how
where when we came from
some take to religion
some take to the moon
some make the moon their religion
through periods, times and Ramadans
all thrive on this lunar tide
dancing into the Sea of Tranquility
swimming backstrokes to infinity
still language keeps us from
when we were we and we were this close to divinity.
Being a bit of a geek took a bit of work
back in my day
(I find myself referring to a day I never had)
back then it meant knowing the capitals of all fifty states
now it simply means having watched an entire season
of Game of Thrones
in a single day.