Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Chaos, Control

Nothing stays my hand
while residues gather
in the arroyos
and across the plains
of this three-room wasteland
with its shimmering
ocean mirages of blue
inhospitable as
an august sky;

I navigate sofa
to stove to sink to
desk chair and this
horseshoe formation
its illusion of industry
where beset on all sides
by the incidents
of incidents
I reckon by sextant
the stars in my eyes.

How much easier
to defer the soul's
pleading imperatives
and ignore its
hip-shot imprecations
when chaos rules in
dunes of soiled laundry
and crumbling buttes
documenting an existence
like a geologic record

than to preserve order
in patient increments
etching the valley
with twin rails
for eastern cars
to labor westerly
relentlessly bearing progress
like water --
innocent of surrender.


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