This is a moment that lasts as long as it takes, or in no time is lost, having failed to resemble the establishment.
Maybe it’s just stepped through the back yard on elk hooves with a grip on the underneath wordlessness of cosmos, when you can’t see
an end that wasn’t impossible, with emptiness rushing your coastal villages, a reason for sudden good, a refusal to yield to intractable order imposed
to stop the clock on mint conditions before the court, to broadcast attention to melting mammoth society
before pooling unavoidable maneuvers as behold all day down in the green sprouts,
inside out in contiguous circulation to cells, right side up for mud-caked boots under renaissance frescoes of the rotunda
with tiger iridescence of cyclamen blooms on the chance that if this day had a mind to, it could drive home what lives between.
It could sort clandestine billionaire bidding from lymphatic dark matter behind the wheel.
It could penetrate the reverberation membrane with sterling silver star-point needles that manage cosmic rays along meridians.
It could bark like one whale of a hound dog up the tree of substantial divestment, requiring the incorporation of each minute to be subdivided within the collective.
If the day were willing to perform on its massive whale-bone violin strung in the mycelia underground for miles,
maybe it would issue fewer declarations of manic aspiration in Aztec moonlight.
Maybe the rice it has managed to soak in sweat will get the hint and move to higher elevations.
If it had a mind to, the day could look far back into the mirror for the first time in the world and recognize itself as a central committee,
a basketball team that reenacts philosophic constraints, a biodiversity of identity so different and identical as to feed little children with transformation of rays of the sun passing through resistance.
It’s the day that has been contemporary, and the ministers of palatial finance archaic.
The moment’s a bone flute and spinal saxophone in a joint solo played by readiness of the receiver,
the receptionist with an alert satellite dish, the listener whose ear drums are pounding when lastness seals over its onion with skins,
the witness at the hearing of Pollock paintings projected through prisms in a praying mantis eye,
the exoplanetary atmospheric sprite-bursts only dogs can hear, before listening down to lowing coos maybe mewling a tonic tune for the ovum avoiding danger in a shell under a mother-warmed haunch feather.
It’s lastness of the agencies of cosmos that rings up the unlasting receiver dreaming of trees that saved us.
It’s tall trees that resound, glowing with their moss that turns stone luminous before witnessing cells.
It’s the united court of public redistribution that recognizes the urgency of hunger anyone going without is likely to feel
that considers the reports and then acts from an indelible script written in genetic code
to defy intentional ignorance and dominion out to impose on whatever they’ve found.
It’s the quick moment that drives streets down county roads to the global ruins of sands collected along the western coast
where the dawn sun that was here has turned into sun at dusk, before the whole thing dives.
James Grabill’s recent work appears in Caliban, Harvard Review, Terrain.org, Mobius, Shenandoah, Seattle Review, Stand, and many others. His books are Poem Rising Out of the Earth (1994) and An Indigo Scent after the Rain(2003) published by Lynx House Press. His books of environmental prose poems, Sea-Level Nerve: Book One (2014) and Sea-Level Nerve: Two (2015), were published by Wordcraft of Oregon. For many years, he taught all kinds of writing as well as “systems thinking” and global issues relative to sustainability.