Succulence [Poem] — Reading

Succulence
originally published in the Open Window Review

This sentence, once congested, stuck,
now chases the cursor slipping in the white,
a serpent, mottled black, behind a blinking mouth
that’s like destruction seeking to destroy itself,
sallying forth into the potential semantic permutations,
the fantasies and fallacies that words and reason make,
into the undefined and unexplored expanse of white.

The sweetness of thoughts run
like honey-water inside the agave’s stalk,
tasted with the tongue of mind,
the delight of ideas made as music;
abstractions harmonize in accord,
but render counterpoint in contrary clauses.

The mind alights on metaphors like
a dragonfly on stock-pond reeds.
This fabulous, winged thing,
seems to alight upon itself upon a reed,
but as observed by the foremost cautious
binocular-faced naturalist,
it misses the mark,
as meanwhile, crouched in reeds,
this careful watcher notes
he wasn’t actually looking.

This poem is empty of meaning.
Don’t search or scry or scratch,
but savor instead the steady stream
of sights and sounds,
if succulence is found, or not.
And now my fingers that dance upon the keys
slow their tempo and cease.

– BTN 10.27.11

Image: California Cabbage Agave by Wikipedia User Nauticashades (CC-BY-SA-2.5)

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