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Digits 4/4/2019


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(Cueva de las Manos Painting 7’300 BCE, Santa Cruz, Argentina)


Do you remember

when we were talking

The Fall from Grace

the concreteness of Analog

the liminal liquidity of Digital

unencumbered by physics

an entire civilization moving

into the imaginal


As the fire burned

beneath incense and resin

smell of wet stone

acrid paints the tang of sweat

the oxygen rich sweetness

and the funk of loam

our family gathered

arm in arm

breath enfolding breath


And we were still basking

in the afterimage of the Break

The resulting Flash when the One

became The Many under the weight

of language and the utility of opposable

thumbs and I grabbed the bone-pipe

and said ‘I need a little light’


You let go my hand

and reached for a single spark

floating away from everything

and I saw your hand in profile

reaching for Matter

returning to its source?


Yeah, its like that.




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I like the fluidity of the poem, dr_con. It just went smoothly from the opening, inviting the reader to join a private chat. I like the imagery of "a single spark/floating away from everything".

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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"funk of loam"

Will never leave my mind. 😉


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Excellent! A higher compliment can not be payed;-) I'm still obsessed by Rexroth's 'Vegetable Dark' 😉 Many Many Thanks!

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  • 2 weeks later...
David W. Parsley

Doc, the commentators all got it right, but I am sticking with, "This is really COOL!"  There is so much about the entire sapient race here, but then you pull it down into an interlocked family.  Then the zoom function focuses on a bone pipe, a single pair of parting hands, the urgent grasping of the narrator's essential Other for the substantial.  And then that totally unexpected final line!  Whew!

Okay, dude, I don't know what zapped you this month, but I would like to request you do every April like this one.  Okay?  You'll need that much time to rest up for the next one...

Keep It Coming,

 - David

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