Monday, January 21, 2013

The Great Unstitching

The Great Unstitching

Every day we invent this age’s
place in spurts, pockets. This is our

city, the unsaid net that lets
humans and cars live together

peacefully, these are the buildings,
this is a park. Fewer people to

conceptualize the countryside,
they do more work. These fields

are here and alive. The chickens
will eat what we give them. Here

are the stars above our homes.
In the wild spots where few or

no people live, the places blow
about, blurred. The desert shifts

some of its cells. Water lifts a little,
sinks. No pine needles fall, then,

a pine needle falls, four more. Here
no one knows what truth is escaping.

The Great Unstitching has begun,
it is good, no one is here to scream.


  1. Makes me feel lonely and sad. (and like screaming, silently)

  2. Love the implications of that title. This line - "Water lifts a little,/ sinks...." - is wonderful; such a telling, vivid image.

    I do agree with Kathleen about the sense of loneliness, isolation, and ultimately sadness the poem creates.

  3. Scary ending, and I like the way you got there.

    My favorite part is: " . . . city, the unsaid net that lets/
    humans and cars live together . . ." That's quite a metaphor. Indiscriminate chickens are a strong image too.

    I'm not clear on who does "more work." City and country folk might fight over that . . .


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