The First Steps

Friday, September 24, 2004


in the vault -

descended from money

from garbage and from

gesticulations of garbage

these beings --

look to us for guidance

when we are


the rings and ladders

of the other


idols ---

arithmetic and sedatives

warnings --

and songs that are

preliterate ---

primal announcements

that night is long and pure and unending in its violence

the dreams that suggest

obedience are

no longer

amplified --

the seraphim sitting on the conveyer belts

riding hopscotch up to the straw pedastals or

the stars

linked up like


they are singing -

in an odd kind of unison--

"we are not afraid


and you shouldn't be either -- "

Max Wolf Valerio (c)- Sept. 11-2004