Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Lost World Where Distance Is God’s Anger

Trees never go anywhere, at least not
in a direction anyone can see.
But trees, to me, look like they know a lot.

“A lone female humpback whale
travelled more than 9,800 kilometres
from breeding areas in Brazil
to those in Madagascar,
setting a record for the longest
mammal migration ever documented.”

Imagine a world without any trees,
without any grass growing on the ground,
no green above or below to be found.
Gray clouds. Gray wood. Gray dust in a gray breeze.

Gray rain falls to gray puddles, sidewalk seas
reflecting gray birds flying, somewhere bound.
Gray squirrels scraping gray dead wood, gray dead sound.
This gray world the gray iron sewer grate receives.

Red, yellow, the last refuge of bright green,
traffic lights will flash while power grids hold.
Above the sewer grates cars will pass, pass, pass.

When US paper currency is clean
it’s green and will buy things until banks fold.
The last thing I’ll buy will be gas, gas, gas.

Like A Bright Green Fantasy
quoted in Quasi Una Petroleum Fantasia

Nowhere to go
But, oh, that magic feeling
Nowhere to go

Soon we’ll be away from here
Step on the gas
Wipe that tear away

“You Never Give Me Your Money”
Beatles, Abbey Road

If Pangea broke apart
not millions of years ago
but in the time of Peleg
and not from plate tectonics
but as punishment from God
when Man attempted to build
what’s called the Tower of Babel
then animals migrating
are animals holding fast
to a lost world where distance
is God’s anger shaped to space
and moving across that space
is apology and love
and getting from here to there
is a way to be with God.

Between us and that lost world
the distance is God’s anger
and moving across that space
is apology and love.

There is nowhere to go but
it is a magic feeling
because it is a lost world
and we can get there from here.

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Two sons were born to Eber:
One was named Peleg, because in his time
the earth was divided;
his brother was named Joktan.

Genesis 10:25


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