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  • Amidst a vast vacuum
    black and cold
    a macrocosm of the mind
    elements are identified
    words die
    and a formula unfolds
    The action of unspoken operations

    Accidental brushstrokes
    lick the edges of plywood windowpanes
    an unimportant tropic green
    that soaked, then stained
    And no one said

    Nebulous pillars
    of tall, intangible gases
    souped in seemingly empty
    obscure instances of space
    tower for lifetimes
    for light-years
    In the definition of the absence of direction

    An exhausted student
    sits next to a malfunctioning radiator
    finding his ankles chilly
    his black socks too thin, or short
    and realizes simultaneously
    That today an irrelevant assignment was due

    Universal imagination
    exploits the pure absentia
    of literal mental law
    tearing flesh from bone
    bone from body
    and encompassing the full potential
    Of the inert infinity of life

    Behind a nearly outdated
    world history text
    it’s binding shred from one corner
    is ivy

    Ancient matter
    as old as all that is
    yearns for self-recognition
    using all time to gather
    to congregate in clusters together
    by the will of gravity

    “Excuse me,”
    inquired the civilized tongue,
    “Do you mind if I use the restroom?”
    “Yeah” was the mutter affirmation
    a house of cards left standing
    At the table of the tongue

    The depth of the night sky
    split open my belly
    spilling my innards onto the fresh dew
    of the lawn of the land
    I knelt
    licked my lips
    And painted God in my wet guts

    A misunderstanding occurs
    between Ken and Kent
    ken and kin
    a crass debate ensues
    The prompt, clarifying definition sought solves

    The soul
    whatever ethereal epicenter of a person that may be
    is one’s mind
    while one’s mind
    organic, syncopated and constrained
    Is as much the heart as it is the brain

    Symmetrical knots
    hyperbolized in beige on a cross-classroom door
    resemble an ape
    flaring nostrils
    A wrinkled brow and ears the size of hula hoops

    Within a spiral galaxy
    across the breadth of some trillion stars
    life and death usurp the thoughts
    of countless sentients
    by the impartiality of the reaping
    And the bittersweet seeds sewn

    An obese girl stutters
    struggles to speak the words she writes
    coughing up each syllable
    as though she chokes on them
    like she bit off
    much more
    Than she could chew

    You sit in a stupid room
    as full as your knowledge of it
    with stars
    and dark matter
    and a loveless mistress
    of limitlessness
    And rebirth
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