Hidden behind history and fantasy, eventualities
bide their time; the rest is unremarkable preamble.
Ideas at mental central station
came and went, sailing carriages
on rails, propelled by fickle winds.
I might go here or there, I thought,
and didn’t wonder whose ideas they were,
or whether I should borrow them.
Above a nearby platform, I saw a scrolling sign,
a luminous list of deferents and epicycles,
of lunar stations on the deep basaltic plains
traversed by the Darklight Rail.
And an echo of Selena, long departed,
wandered through my moonlit mind:
Selena, who had never been too little
or too much, and another me,
who was always both.
Not at all, since you remarked on it,
she would have said.
Once I asked her what a scatterbrain was good for.
You’ll have to sort your scattered thoughts
out for yourself. Do the edges first,
and this might help.
I turned the object over, inspected it from
every angle, and none the wiser, thanked her.
A scent of underarm deodorant wafted down the line,
and a flatbed sailing carriage blew into the station.
I stepped aboard, and though I couldn’t see a guard
or helmsman or any other passenger, the breeze
picked up again, and I was on my way.
darklight rail, youtube video made with the VEE, the visual evolution engine.
Frolic Freeze 5 is now on in Sydney at Articulate, with Phototropic Rondo, a collaborative video by Paul Sutton (insta) and myself, on show. 5 will be followed by 6 in the usual way, and Rondo will be on display Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for two more weeks, details here.
Because of axolotls, circumstances, the invention of time, planetary misalignments, and definitely not anyone’s laziness, inconstant light will only be updating every three weeks from today.