Thursday, 17 of August of 2017

Mark Williams – Wind

By_USucceedThey move on two legs
but they don’t move like me
I blow in
and outta
of time
and take with me
every
baby’s cry
liquid orgasmic howl
the inconsolable wail
of their mourners
the speeches
of their primp’d
and mirror-struck
leaders
the footfalls
of their ceaseless
armies

and, too, the things they can’t shake off:
the memory of a Wednesday afternoon
in September
that will never come
again

I mix these things with
pollen and bee music
the flight-deck wisdom of birds
rusted leaves
seeds and spores

I plant
I fan flames
I cool desire

in the right mood
I uproot neighborhoods
blow neon signs
on beachfront bars
and knock pricey seashore condos
back down
among the sharks

and I am left
to glide and jitter
over the ruins
of every empire
the Two Legs
thought would last
a thousand years
523644_356259924469071_1218698597_nor more

I carry the residue
of volcano
asteroid
and atom bomb

and someday, too,
the last wolf song
the one last flap of wing

and on the solar giant’s
last hot exhalation

I will breathe myself
out into space

thinning
spreading

giving final voice to every
bug buzz and bit
of bramble music

that was fed me.

MLW
January-February 2004 Earth First!


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