by Caroline Crumpacker
The present continuous is a trying tense for many people.
My friend from Germany says I go now when she is ready to leave.
There is no pith like an Au Revoir is there?
We are not dashing through the present any longer. We need it whole.
It’s that kind of a time.
I keep thinking of A Journey Around My Room
written by a man on house arrest following a duel.
He wears elegant traveling clothes to visit different parts of his room
assigning each its own elaborate psychogeography .
Should we take up the game ?
I wear huge pearls for the realms and eras
of my bedroom this evening. The storied surface of my desk.
My favorite book. Something I wrote on Facebook immortalized
and I wear the pearl of Lao Tzu or did I just read about it. .
I tell my friend it’s that kind of a time and we exchange thoughts on sorrow
but not sorrow itself unless mirror neurons work online . Do they ?
I read that hunters a few States over fearing an
increase in wildlife protections kill hundreds of wolves at once.
As if cruelty is becoming condensed.
I arrive in the kitchen enthralled
the coffees and teas and jars of spices.
I think about the Persian soup that is said to change lives.
Though everything changes lives these days.
I read the world needs a shutdown every two years
to reach modest climate goals.
It’s a good time for the planet
when we are reduced to an essence
wandering our rooms for adventure.
Each rug each pillow as in going a little mad
doubling and trebling our images on screen.
I read that a new level of blue is created
ultramarine twilight I wear Bulgarian Rose in its honor .
Or did I just read about the fabled roses that smell of cinnamon
the orchard near the troubled border line deep in the woods
crawling with ghosts .
My Swedish bookshelves a fable of simplicity and bright showrooms.
Somewhere along the way I come upon a sequel,
The Nocturnal Journey Around My Room
apparently just as witty and disturbing
who can bear it?
Caroline Crumpacker is a poet and translator living in the Hudson Valley. She has one book (Astrobolism, Belladonna Collaborative) and three chapbooks and is a contributing editor to Matters of Feminist Practice. Art by Karyn Kloumann, founder of award-winning indie publisher Nauset Press.