Drowning in Air

Drowning in Air

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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a finger depresses the play button

rackets wave, frantically enthusiastic

and the shuttlecock responds in time

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