A wave of cold reality has swept through the township of Fênix and almost everyone has fled. One unlucky person was made to stay behind because their fingerprints were unsatisfactory.
I tell no-one that my thoughts are rain and glass,
frivolous on a foggy day, but I will sit and wait
for isentropic meaning to appear, from within
or from without, and after sleeping,
recollect a question from my dreams.
I planned to wander aimlessly, through doorways
and beneath the Rio Ivaí, to find my core,
to seek an unhatched chick, no more than winter
melodrama and less than foliage fallen
in the shadows of the weepless willows.
An adjectival stranger interrupted me.
My name is Sorry, I’ve seen your dreams
and I have a supplementary question:
What will remain when all your saving games
have gone? When your cut-price warranty
I noticed local weather, falling raindrops.
It wasn’t personal, they fell on Sorry too,
but I was next to speak.
Once as I watched the solar marathon pass by,
in my mind, a thought-experiment committee formed
to consider why I existed, and unanimously agreed
that what is obvious in sleep is complicated by the dawn.
The rain trickling down Sorry’s face was stained
with indigo dye from her hair.
Fear is a line you scratch into the world.
We’ll explore your limitations, and before we’ve finished,
we’ll free the prisoners of the sephine spiders.
The frames of my glasses whirred, and the automatic
windscreen wipers started up.
Once I might have doubted the existence
of your so-called sephine spiders and their captives,
but Fênix is bereft of fantasy, it’s all been taken
by the wave, and I’m a guileless believer.
Sorry was cross-hatched with latitude arcs of tiny bugs,
their mortal remains swept across my glasses,
and overhead, blind storms, dark capsules
sizzling with plausible lightning, skimmed across
the realistic sky.
- Entropy is a measure of information; isentropic—constant information—means no information in or out of a process.
- Rio Ivaí—the most noteworthy characteristic of the river is the color of its waters, which for most of the year is red or brown (Portuguese Wikipedia).
- louisa, the dragon, is one of the solar marathon competitors.
- sephine webs
Further detail from destabilisation, made by VEE, the visual evolution engine, with EMMA, the min-max entropy addon. VEE and TIM (EEG, the illustrated mind) artworks are now at Artxio, a global online art market based in Sydney.