Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Where the Bottom, Finally, Is Again the Surface


Thomas Lux

They are, the surfaces, gorgeous: a master
pastry chef at work here, the dips and whorls,
the wrist-twist
squeezes of cream from the tube
to the tart, sweet bleak sugarwork, needlework
toward the perfect lace doily
where sit the bone-china teacups, a little maze
of meaning maybe in their arrangement
sneaky obliques, shadow
allusives all piling
atop one another. Textures succulent but famished,
banal, bereft. These surfaces,
these flickering patinas,
through which,
if you could drill, or hack,
or break a trapdoor latch, if you could penetrate
these surfaces' milky cataracts, you
would drop,
like a hope chest full of lead
to nowhere, no place, a dry-wind, sour,
nada place,
and you would keep dropping,
tumbling, slow
motion, over and over for one day, six days, fourteen
decades, eleven centuries (a long time
falling to fill a zero) and in that time
not a leaf, no rain,
not a single duck, nor hearts, not one human, nor sleep,
nor grace, nor graves--falling
to where the bottom, finally, is again the surface,
which is gorgeous, of course,
which is glue, saw- and stone-dust,
which is blue-gray
ice, which is
the barely glinting grit
of abyss.                        


  1. one hoping to find truth, justice, and the potentially sentient way: how guilty is hillary?

    the director of the fbi: compared to what?

  2. Hallelu-hospice-humans, indeed. And praise to Dogzilla just for the heLL of it. If I were a braver soul, I'd wager pesos to pastries you're kinder & braver & larger than I.

  3. How Guilty Is Hillary? "She is *so guilty* that they decided to skip the indictment, trial, verdict; sentencing, appeal, incarceration; possibility of parole... and go directly to releasing her -- with a new suit, $25, and a bus ticket to the Democratic National Convention." It saved us all so much money and time that way.

    "They say the other world is more beautiful" = What other world?

    Swiss things are quiet, rich on the inside, and may bite you if you aren't careful. Look at Davos.

    Boo Hoo Hoo for the Kochbrudern.

    And finally: While contemplating someone whose site gets *ten thousand hits per day*, I felt humbled and worthless -- and then saw a nice ad: "Fun Videos For You and Your Dog". Things picked up after that.