what we do in our dreams
we do in our reality
our surreal is as real as our real is surreal
I have never murdered or raped anyone in any of my dreams
and even with my intrusive imagination
I can’t even scheme of
raping or murdering anyone in any reality I’ve ever been
but I can dream of lassoing unicorns
while surfing rainbows
even with my eyes open wide
I can dream
when I can’t
imagine two molecules meeting split seconds before colliding into the big bang
do you think they’d be petty? pretty? competitive? hungry?
i bet they’d be too busy inspiring a universe
to worry about who they were wearing
or who they were offending
I was closer to death sixteen years ago
walking the banks of the Ganges and coming upon the first funeral pyre of my
and I watched the body burn and I knew one day I’d be next
and the fire is obviously not hurting the burning body
so what do I have to fear?
And for a second there
Varanasi took me from
my fear of death
to my fear of life
cause we gotta fear something, right?
or where’s this adrenaline coming from
I taste like sucking pennies after leaping from this perfectly good airplane
that took off from the same ground I hope to land on
to carry me through this interview with the divine
Most of us know our city limits
but I bet most of us have no idea how stupid we really are
I’m lucky I know I’m an idiot
if Socrates says he knows only that he knows nothing
and that’s really smart
and I know even less than that
how smart does that make me?
at least when you know you know nothing you can’t get any stupider
the danger is when you know something
only to discover you never knew anything
something a 1980’s high school History student who failed his History test
can attest to
because he didn’t circle ‘Columbus’
as the answer to
who discovered America?
Now this same student finds himself as teacher in a high school classroom
not knowing how to answer to:
“If they were wrong about Columbus- what’s to say they aren’t wrong about Leif Erikson?”
No prophet ever profited off a prophesy
if someone’s selling you the future now know
you’re paying way more than market value.
Knowledge is what you think you know
wisdom is when you know you don’t know
and regret is when you didn’t know but you still paid for it with what you
thought you knew.
Lights across Lake Ontario
sometime get lost in fog and smog
shine bright tonight
and from this sight of fifty miles of dark water
Rochester, New York has more constellations than the milky way
it’s easier to believe in streets unseen in Rochester than in God
because I can see the lights of Rochester, New York
who like the sun
continues to play peek-a-boo
in the fog and smog
the zeitgeist of right now
the zeitgeist of right now who?
You tell me.
We grow into
ourselves when we grow to see ourselves
in this mirror reality so clearly
without false lighting or makeup
to light up our beauty
while hiding our scars
and now how do we look?
Like Frankenstein after under the scalpel
of Europe’s best plastic surgeon?
You tell me.