Drowning in Air

Drowning in Air

“But still inside … a whisper to a riot” – Walk, the Foo Fighters



Would I had a machine of time manipulation

with a human foot-shaped accelerator and

separate panther paw-shaped decelerator

that type sold at Pilot on the Interstate Highway


Yes, they can be had for about 6.95 USD

Mine would do 0 to 186001 m/s like a whisper to a riot

Add the laser stabilization and the phase inducers

so all goes so all goes so all goes pretty well


It would have an onboard stereo with one looped song

Sorrow found me when I was young, go the words

So don’t eat the honey; don’t drink the milk

Time is sorrow’s song, and it’s time to change the beat


Wynona2, I’d be your affectionate competition

chasing life-sized stars from Santa Rosa to LA

pulled in the wake of over-eager super parents

who were responsive to budding fame potential


Because that’s how it always starts

a useless particle of dust, a lone amino acid

an awkward child reading Shakespeare on the playground

– the whispers


A shuttlecock cresting the crooked net

needs a counter blow for its return trip

It stays in the air and utilizes its potential

only with the participation of active fellows

waving practical rackets, particle accelerators

– the agitators

What comes after the buttons depress and the levers slide

is hard to tell – a tunnel of lights, a twisting spiral

A suddenly changed background is more likely

13 years gone in a blink

and then it’s all maybes and blame

Hindsight is time’s fuck you to all its travelers

– the riot


So twirl the stratigraphical colors, pulse the geometric shapes

My eyes would trail my body in this machine with manipulators

VHS on rewind in a basement editing suite, timecode laid black


And POP – Battledore engaged

Name a century; name a civilization

The scene is different, characters blinking at new old trees

Fresh grass tickling their bare feet; with breeze, their bare skin

as a shuttlecock appears over the horizontal net


a finger depresses the play button

rackets wave, frantically enthusiastic

and the shuttlecock responds in time




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