The Sky / Weightless Treasure / A Neon Body / If I Die

The Sky

The plunging water, the plunging light:
replenished, stupefied and serene.

It is
so wide-open
that what looks and feels like endless light shines through,

then a glinting truth
that looks like madness, the bald white hemorrhage
of a gravity moving through the moon.

An endless field of apertures
conglomerate in images and runes,
slicing you— and you— you have moved.

A mountain’s moved inside.
When it becomes a planet it’ll have its own sky
a swooping sun shines through.


Weightless Treasure

I move into darkness
and because there’s nothing to anchor me
there’s nothing to drown me
and there’s nothing to blow me away.
I have blown myself away—
I’ve laid waste to me
and weightless treasure’s emerged
and I’ve been swept up.


A Neon Body

There is a neon body floating in the flesh
with gratitude for everything.

Its limbs are limpid as a stream breathing.
It has always just made love.

It is as thoughtless as a robe,
and it allows the lids to blink so slowly
you think you must have risen into heaven.

It is better than heaven.

It can make you give birth to the kind of blooming
you thought could not exist.

It can do this so calmly
that it doesn’t seem like anything’s happening.

Even in the screaming lips that are buried in the clay
its gratitude transcends evil,
and it is not naive.


If I Die

If I die don’t pity me—
anything has a throat.

I hang by a strand,
and I can expand—and you can encompass it all—

worlds are growing from each other like geysers.

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