Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dan Irizarry's 5 Words


magic, gathering, fetus, alchemy, porn


Are we trying to be unlovable?

So many times, it’s: “Love me

but leave me alone…

just leave and I’ll come along.”


In the realm of it all, you and I

are magic but we’re among

the many just gathering,

standing around,

flapping our arms all about.

I knew a man once

who tied whistles to his name

so I bought some bells

and made myself into an endless

stream of static sounds.


My brother is a loud song

through blown-out speakers,

my father is a whittled piece of wood

and my mother is a scream

stuck in a jar.

You’re just a stranger

entering from the west,

becoming more than a shadow.


Everybody needs someone,

and I’ll be lucky enough someday

to hold my belly for company

and talk in a voice hushed

to my belly in a mirror.

Does a fetus hear it’s mother?

Does a fetus know it’s father?


My neighbor has a honeybee

farm and I want to squash

them all, every single one,

with your bare feet.

Sorry about that time

I didn’t have a match

to light that sting

on fire.


You asked once, if

it’s a requirement

for every nun

to have the name Mary?

“I don’t have a sister,” I answered.


I remember when I learned about alchemy;

rather than thinking about how

to turn my toaster oven

into gold, I thought

about my grandfather

rebuilding engines.



Then I thought

about my tired bones

and how the ancient

assembled our future.



If we all woke up tomorrow,

undone, what would be your solution?

To just keep walking?

Just turn on the computer?

Just eat a raw tomato?


We’ve all been here before,

disappearing.

And it will happen again and

again and again.

We’ve all been here before,

trying.

And it will happen again and

again and again.


Maybe you would say,

“At least we have porn now.”

But what would my grandmother

say to that?

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