i am nothing if not expression|
a meaningless even if then,
never a poem decrypted,
never wave particle wave.
if not this chiasmus:
i am without this nothing,
nothing within this:
on it a pipe
the smoke about to fill the room
with an unmistakeable odour
of burning flesh;
the bomb explodes through walls
both thick and thin.
the ribs of wood and bone
splintering, the house
collapses like a lung exhalation, wind
escaping from a gaping womb:
gaping at the womb, I become dizzy
from this blue and red profusion,
a long exhalation: a sigh,
a tension relieved
a last breath breathed, anew:
nothing if not these:
odour about to fill the room,
an unmistakeable cherry blossom,
his grandfatherly smell
in the tobacco shop on the Rue Royal
in a chair watching an evening's news:
the murder, the shelling, the game scores;
in his chair surfing the information highway,
the world-wide-web closing in
around him, an absence of compassion,
a real nihilistic negation.
here a pipe,
a chair there.
sit, be comfortable, the smell about to fill the room,
an odourless gas from the pipes above you.
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Gerard Donnelly Smith, a poet and musician, teaches creative writing, literature and composition at Clark College in Vancouver WA. CERRO de la ESTRELLA (Logan Elm Press, 1992) was chosen for The Governor's Award for the Arts in Ohio, 1992. Excerpts from THE AMERICAN CORPSE (10 poems) were published in Apex of the M in 1995. He is the current director of the Columbia Writers Series, an Honorary Board Member of The Mountain Writers Series, and co-advisor of the Native American Student Council at Clark College. He has also organized readings for Poets Against the War.
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