By David Meltzer

Published March 07, 2003, issue of March 07, 2003.
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it was a mistake

spirit not stuff

was the directive

middle management archon

screwed it up

botched creation

I am called

thinking of the invisible

I am called

unchangeable voice

aeons of aeons

I ams of I ams

meat’s the error

meet the terror

of failure

of gravity

the weight of


irritate the pearl of spirit’s abandonment

hear me softly

& learn from me harshly

this time the dream’s on me

take light but leave dark

to guide the maze twist

of unanswered questions

the journey down



ascent to the royal realm

it is not I

the sound

of my thinking

am called

invisible thought

as we move


& separate

down industrial streets

hidden in all

revealed in all

each reaching out

to another

stranger in despair


displaced people



tagged as alien


all one

no other

of you

for you




belongs elsewhere

not here

how to be so unknown

pixel camouflage


beauty exiled

banished in bitter


whose tongue tip

scorches compromise

corrodes banal

erodes euphemism

we come from far away

we are so close

we are unknown

we are everywhere

we are invisible

even when seen

kindness made animate bone

forethought connective tissue

divinity animates flesh

lordship animates marrow

kingship erupts blood

zeal covers it with skin

intelligence tangled up in hair





where are we

without ID

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