Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Left to its own devices,
My pen will drool and dribble.
The ink soaks the sheet like
Sea disappearing into the beach.
I can dig a moat around my sandy turrets
But the water still caves it all in.
When I need a buttress,
When I look forward and I see nothing but
Empty space, I find the focal point:
Adjust the shutter speed
For the cloudy-bright afternoon, then
Press and hold the button halfway.
Take focus off the inner grind.
Inside the machine, one-sixtieth of a second
Snaps, a dog gulping jerky treat,
And I capture one vision of time.
Full, the frame restrains my view;
My eyes gorge themselves on pixilated detail.
I built the fence, and I grow inside it.
I box myself into the digitized borders,
Muscles cramping over a single verb
A seed buried in a container in direct sun.
The pen lifts: it holds itself, hovering
There’s time, and no need to bleed.
Inside the frame, light cuts into slivers
Boxes and slats dividing the space again.
Ink carves the emptiness like a river.