Who Knew?

Who Knew?

If you don’t know now, did you ever know?
If you remember, did you ever not know?
Did the same you remember and forget?
How many? One moment?
Does any remember?

Zigzag sunlight at midnight, then a
Five pronged sky-rock
Hurtled to liquid flame at
Space, a hollow curve of
Iron rung by thunder.

Do you remember?
Do you know?

The Sun: Helium

Morning, multiplex loam blooming in round billows awash through NOUS;
Phæton tiding in cool dawn; as his wave broadens its surge, its deep
Basin widens, whose id waters the earth; foaming, its particles
Colloid, geysering heat, jetting a blue tint through the black of night
Deepens color with birth, labors in gloom brightness, decays the cold.
Fibers gel in the flux, aspens arise, trembling where red-tailed hawks
Forage, buoyed by their broad wings in the swells, splashing their tails in fire.

In these waters at dawn we embraced,
In the brine of a body of light we entwined,
Enshrined in a trace of corona we rose
To ignite in the fusion now spraying upon us
From the inconstant might of a sun.

Lucent Gulf-streams extrude axa,
The reins reigning expungtive flame.
Fine, the threads from a mind – taxa
of hooves wild to be loose, became

Sunless, fusing the quarks, quasar
At heel, juke in a lepton haze:
Horse and nuclear child, stray czar
Tossed tracing Apollo’s maze.

Moments. Moments they lace tracks of
The god, godless they track his course.
Nanoseconds unhinge shock-shove of
Reigns slipped from his hands, the force

Throws them wide of the mark, National Beaks, talons in liver, black
Bile, unbridled decay breeds in the gut: value ensconced in cash
Price, dismemberment gains points on the slut-glutting investment floors;
Coeval body counts keep factories going solvent: “we feel we must
Cut some funds from the schools. Nuclear bombs must be produced, our well
Fare depends on this choice.” Phæton is pressed, frightened and tossed. The earth
Ages quickly in fire, weeps (can you hear?), prays for a moment’s rest.
Phæton grips, and is gripped; captures, is caught; falters, is pithed in flight.
Lightening stifles him. Hands fuse to his eyes, knees to his chin his blood
Powders, sweated by cleaved bone-pop of heat, drifts in a fore-noon dusk.

When the sea falters in motion,
Salt, seaweed, ambling crab, gull,
Stark-naked man, under sun, sear,
and their lives suddenly charcoal;

When the flash beckons our eyes – blinds:
When the flare is shot forth at us,
When the heat-suffused crimson dusk
Is a broad roaring of new light,

Then shall we weep blood from our eyes,
Burn as we bleed, our stark shadows
Fusing with concrete, steel; melted
Glass in our pores, dust from our bones.

Übermenschward we press atoms
Like grapes, wine of such fusion sheathe
In long bottles. Their pressured corks burst
Skyward to steal light from the rightful sun.

Death-ward we press our might, hopeless,
Cantering fools, bastarding birth,
Bandy the life given to live,
The life never given to live again.


“Choriambics” by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Love, what ailed thee to leave life that was made lovely, we thought, with love?
What sweet visions of sleep lured thee away, down from the light above?
What strange faces of dreams, voices that called, hands that were raised to wave,
Lured or led thee, alas, out of the sun, down to the sunless grave?
Ah, thy luminous eyes! once was their light fed with the fire of day;
Now their shadowy lids cover them close, hush them and hide away.
Ah, thy snow-coloured hands! once were they chains, mighty to bind me fast;
Now no blood in them burns, mindless of love, senseless of passion past.
Ah, thy beautiful hair! so was it once braided for me, for me;
Now for death is it crowned, only for death, lover and lord of thee.
Sweet, the kisses of death set on thy lips, colder are they than mine;
Colder surely than past kisses that love poured for thy lips as wine.
Lov’st thou death? is his face fairer than love’s, brighter to look upon?
Seest thou light in his eyes, light by which love’s pales and is overshone?
Lo the roses of death, grey as the dust, chiller of leaf than snow!
Why let fall from thy hand love’s that were thine, roses that loved thee so?
Large red lilies of love, sceptral and tall, lovely for eyes to see;
Thornless blossom of love, full of the sun, fruits that were reared for thee.
Now death’s poppies alone circle thy hair, girdle thy breasts as white;
Bloodless blossoms of death, leaves that have sprung never against the light.
Nay then, sleep if thou wilt; love is content; what should he do to weep?
Sweet was love to thee once; now in thine eyes sweeter than love is sleep.

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