Bear, Bike, Gunpowder
K. Shawn Edgar | 2017
I’m here, between asphalt black and sky blue. Point Defiance Park pinecones and needles shine golden, drawn to the exfoliating ground as we are universally propelled by narrative. Towers and towns aren’t built, they’re written in erasable ink, erasable blood, becoming vague but never fully forgotten.
| K. Shawn Edgar | September 2017 |
Cabbage roll and one-dollar flat noodles, a place to lock the bicycles out front, our booth is by the window. We are reciting kill is kiss as frames of film, jointly remembered, inform our budding courtship. Trapped in a radio station, voices and language will save us, while these chopsticks unite us.
K. Shawn Edgar 2017
At the Dead Lands near Gig Harbor, Washington…
K. Shawn Edgar | Green Warrior | Cog Masher
If Wells Fargo were Safeway, would the money in its vaults taste like Death by Chocolate and cheap beer? Would midnight to 4 AM see an endless queue of drunk, snack-craving depositors and closing-shift employees ready to night-drop bulging till bags of Teriyaki vomit and tattered twenties?
As the ejaculating cars thrust forward, piercing the diaphragmatic intersection, the red glow of the stoplight grows old, blurred and meaningless with the wait. Peak pressure. Full aperture: green light. I remain balanced, track standing for an extra moment next to the street’s vacuous storm drain. Will it rain on Tuesday?
How long could a vulture capitalist scam like Target exist in a society that prized quality and authenticity over quantity and expedience? And, if so realized, would its people’s feet rest easier in socks from manufacturers that supported rather than preyed on the majority of its citizens?
Green to yellow, it’s such a brief intercourse, and then yellow to red. I remain balanced on two wheels with two narrow tires made in some other country with softer, less healthy, manufacturing and export regulations for a company that craves a “slight” increase in profits for a slightly increased chance of success … of raises to engorge its top two percent’s cushy wealth.
If Bank of America were Defiance Bicycles on Fawcett Avenue, would its half-dead denizen debtors slowly but assuredly progress into healthier, balanced and self-empowered people on a true path to prosperity?
The red light bursts into an emerald green, blinding all eyes trapped behind windshield glass, and I push forward with a dynamite enthusiasm born on pedals and steel.
K. Shawn Edgar | Cumulative | Alt. 62,000 Ft. | Pumpkin Spiced
“Take me out … to the black; tell ’em I ain’t coming back.”
—You know who sang it – 2002
“Once, in flight school, I was laconic.”
I’m no longer in flight school.
I speak with strangers in whispery chirps,
breaking words into nonexistent syllables:
H e low st rain ger s d ream ing bot tel roc ket s
Weird, soft wisps of bird-like thoughts
coming out my mouth in all lower case:
light is a softly scream sliver once tasted.
High and above the head, like circling halos
letters as sounds, not quite recognizable.
The tonally laconic double-tap of a pensive priest
afoul the empty building windows, speaking in O’s.
Orchestrated glass cracks and whitewashed tag coverages
matte painted on a facade of ginger candy wrappers.
I sully my truest thoughts with these florid words.
K. Shawn Edgar | Half-Tone | Goth Newt | Layabout