Say we destroy the restless bed,
its seasick vistas of nervous
invention, our gestures that
crisscross the days in a long
meditation on time.
Say we’ve got separation
burned into our DNA,
the same as our ancestors,
those that caused the golden light
to wane, that gambled the stars.
Say the energy of our
of our little adventures
has spilled across the planet
China to Mexico
nothing without side effects.
We might not miss scorpions,
a dark source of sustenance,
when their time has passed, but some
day surely someone will want
the medicine of their sting.
We, fidgeting continents
this cloudy morning, wander
away from the dead bedroom,
as if this world were not mantra,
and each chanted phrase not love.
Greet the light – Sharon Venezio
Criss-crossing the great Steppes – Kathleen Brady
Fidget – Matias Viegener
I dream swarms of golden scorpions flowing from my bedroom wall, flying – Alma Luz Villanueva
THE FEVERED WRITING
Greet the light. Each day I want to open myself to the heavenly phenomenon. I like to get up in the dark and say good morning to the stars, even the moon when she’s in her waning cycle. I like to be reminded I am made of this same energy, and feel a sense of my own vastness. In awhile, the sun will rise, perhaps after I’ve chanted my mantras and spent some time in mediation. On a cloudy day I might not see the sun at all, but still there will be light.
Criss-crossing the great Steppes. Someone’s ancestors must have done this and now this kind of adventure is in our DNA, that ability to explore, to wander and to climb, seeking out new vistas, nourishment, other civilizations. Too bad there’s also the conquering genes that got passed down too, but there was also trade, introducing one people to the resources and inventions of another. Think of all we’d miss if everyone had just stayed home. The medicine of China, the food stuffs of Mexico.
Fidget. She always shakes her foot, which jiggles her leg, which causes the bed to move. She doesn’t believe me when I say it makes me a little seasick, but I guess she can’t help it. She has spilkes – a Yiddish phrase that she translates as “spilled keys.” I hear these nervous gestures can burn a lot of calories. Susan had it too, the nervous energy, the restless legs. The side affects for the drugs for restless leg syndrome include excessive gambling and pedophilia. Surely it’s better to have spilled keys?
I dream swarms of golden scorpions flowing from my bedroom wall, flying. They’re on a mission to take back the world from those driven insane by greed and separation, so cut off from their source of life that they want to destroy all life – the air, water, food supply, and especially love. Nothing can flourish for long without it. They think their machines can sustain them on a dead planet, but the scorpions are in a squadron and they’re fanning out across the continents to take back the earth and sting us until we remember love.
NOUNS – light (2), day (2), phenomenon, dark, morning, stars, moon, cycle, energy (2), sense, vastness, while, sun (2), mantras, time, meditation, Steppes, ancestors, kind, adventure, DNA, ability, vistas, nourishment, civilization, genes, people, resources, inventions, home, medicines, China, foodstuffs, Mexico, foot, leg (2), bed, spilkes, phrase, keys (2), gestures, lot, calories, Susan, legs, side effects, drug, syndrome, pedophilia, swarms, scorpions (2), bedroom, wall, mission, world, greed, separation, source, life (2), air, water, food supply, love (2), machines, planet, squadron, continents, earth
VERBS – greet, want (2), open, like (2), get (2), say (2), is (4), waning, be (2), reminded, am, made (2), feel, will (3), rise, have (3), chanted, spent, might, see, criss-crossing, must, done, explore, wander, climb, seeking, conquering, passed, was, trade, introducing, think (2), would, miss, had (2), stayed, fidget, shakes, jiggles, causes, move, does not, believe, guess, cannot, help, has, translates, spilled (2), hear, can (3), burn, include, gambling, dream, flowing, flying, are (3), take (2), driven, cut, destroy, flourish, sustain, fanning, sting, remember
ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS – earth, up, good, even, same, some, cloudy, not, all (3), great, new, other, too (3), bad, also (2), down, one, just, little, seasick, Yiddish, nervous (2), restless (2), excessive, better, golden, back (2), insane, heavenly, when (2), perhaps, still, now, that (3), always, which (2), surely, especially, so, long, dead
PREPOSITIONS – to (13), in (6), of (11), after, on (3), at, out (2), if, as, off, without, across, until, for (3), from (3).
PRONOUNS – I (10), myself, she (6), her (3), my (2), own, someone, our, another, we (2), everyone, me (2), it (5), my, they (3), by, their (2), nothing, them, they, us
ARTICLES – the (22), this (3), a (10), there (3), that, those
CONJUNCTIONS – and (10), but (4)