When it comes to glory one should not anticipate.
That is a clairvoyance which can only diminish us.
And the inevitable, it arrives, it comes mocking,
despite of our protestations: resplendent or shabbily,
gold or glitter, or burlap; in plasticized coveralls.
But if you hold your breath too long you’ll miss the fireworks;
and your eardrums, if you fail to obey orders,
may burst from the pressure, and that will be the end of it.
So listen children. Be quick. Your seat belts secured
in the third notch. No two ways about it. There are technical events,
you see, that the generalist cannot hope to understand.
And we are the heirs of it: that almost incomprehensible expansion of information.
Those children filed
into the auditorium,
picked at pigtails.
It was idle time between essays. Whatever
one sees, experiences, even a soapy drama on the telly,
promises to be a task of some discomforting magnitude.
Counting backwards is difficult
for dyslexics, and also for patients
with rapidly increasing
How long will it be
before the ocean swims into existence?
How can I face them, say
I have learned nothing but what I had known previously?
I shall tell tales
of star beasts: unicorn-like, tyrannosaurian;
but who am I
to record the hues of atmosphere
when a computer can rattle
off one hundred aspects of the color green
and give them a name, each one
as distinctive as an attribute of the godhead?
Thus the computerized robotic machinery flies
into the sun, eagles its way
through the tail of Halley’s Comet,
ogles, and records, the moons
and the rings of Uranus.
With each triumph, the man/wolf creature
settles back on his haunches,
and howls for a more adequate dinner.
In a French courtroom
defendants kidnap the judge and the jury.
When the sun reaches
a certain special point in its maturity
the ionosphere becomes fluorescent.
Dew evaporates. Two people kiss, disappear,
and the molecules, rising
independently of their neighbors,
cause the mist to clear, and chemicals
in the engine to ignite: a magnificent occasion, a holiday.
Unforgettable, the flair of it is like a sunspot,
setting fire to the ocean;
a midnight spectacular.
I can feel it rumble…..