Started with nary a thought and, by the end, perhaps many of you will think I didn't finish with one either.
(written stream-of-consciousness between 12:45 and 1:00am on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011)
The sound of rain hit the metal awning
And danced back up in asymmetric reflection
Like Mickey Hart sounds at the Fillmore.
Hunched over the QWERTY
Pondering the blank slate of onyx.
A bash and a crash
And a slam and a bam
And a train in vain
As crazy stock exchange ramped up distrust in the membership
And the club tore assunder to the sound of rolling thunder
And a spike drove through the brain.
Wherefore the minds of sickening songs
Where hollow-eyed drunkards lay plastered 'gainst walls
And humble old beggars sit staunch over pavement altars?
The prayers of the slammed, slammed once more
They faltered and cried a mournful tune that echoed off the stoops
And ricocheted in the alleys behind the granite cascades.
There is a semblance to this madness.
A cause to this effect.
A liberal dose of sprinkled circumstance
Where shred and the shredded meet and blades of grass cry
Plaintiff upended to shrivel in chlorophyll blood and madness.
Nature's Sisyphus of summer only to grow each week
Then ripped asunder and left naked and shivering
Under night rains and lightning flash.
There is a storm coming.
There is a storm that, if people really listened, they could hear from a worlds away.
Like the rattle and hum of some celestial train track
And the forboding single light descending on an entrenched position
We stand, gaze transfixed.
Human caught in headlight of a reckoning that is beyond our comprehension
And yet we fear with unnatural precision.
One day the locomotive bearing down upon us with become
So loud as to render us deaf.
So loud as to make words ineffectual.
So loud as to shake our minds from thought.
So bright as to blind out sight.
So bright as to burn the corneas from our skull.
So bright as to make us translucent.
And with all of this, what we fear most is the light going out.
A beautiful, short one-minute slice of life from a town near Taipei City. Just a gorgeous moment in time that creates an almost zen-like peace in me. Now I can go to bed.