The First Steps

Friday, September 24, 2004

Beings

in the vault -

descended from money

from garbage and from

gesticulations of garbage



these beings --

look to us for guidance

when we are

adoring

the rings and ladders

of the other

twelve

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

triangles


they are singing -

in an odd kind of unison--

"we are not afraid

anymore

and you shouldn't be either -- "



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