Friday, September 22, 2006

Millions of These Particles Fall Onto the Earth Everyday

It was one of those days that made me worry
I had fallen down that elevator shaft into

someone else’s dream. All morning I thought
of it, queasy, stirring my coffee with a pencil,

sharing my bathroom stall with a Lipizzaner,
who I think blushed as much as I. The angora

rabbit in the cubicle next to mine sprayed her
plastic roses with a violet-scented air freshener

until I sneezed my chair into the conference room.
The woodchucks paused with vague hostility,

then continued their power-point presentation.
I finally realized I had forgotten to wear pants

and there was turtle clamped around my crotch.
Closing time was early, around 3, because of

the holiday the following Monday or because
there was a fire in a boat somewhere off the

coast of our mother. I gave up trying to get off
my turtle with a fork and decided to ride a mule

home, rather than the subway,
though it was

a bit more
expensive.

2 comments:

Max Bouillet said...

I scooped up your words, placed them in a filter, and draped them carefully around the interior of my skull. While shutting the lid to let them percolate, I sneezed. Your words went all over the place. Damn, those violet-smelling roses. This caused the woodchucks to pause again –and you think they were upset before! Next thing I knew, I was sharing a mule with a stranger with angora on her shoulder, a bent fork between her legs, and a damp pencil behind her ear. It wasn't completely bizarre, though –at least we had matching turtles.

Surrealistically yours,

Max

Christine said...

Thanks, Max. Very interesting riff.