there is an underground calm in our air
where ‘decay’ should give so much cause
for anxious collapse, a stone frozen shattering
why no one speaks, says so much
concerning the endlessly turning
return of the day?
in a ripping piercing singular instant
I lay quiet as my eyes are screamed
from their sockets.
O God, you joker, you git.
what in your name were you thinking
my hands warm, my feet dying of frost
thousands of tamed and blinking*
rectangular souls, standing aloft
Why now do I shiver?
hecatombs of days await me,
precarious hecatombs piled behind
but all is quiescent, only aroused
by a passing glance out the window at dusk.
and a careful light.
(*see Zarathustra’s Prologue)