technicolor study no. 1

passing the time ©papa osmubal

passing the time ©papa osmubal


technicolor study no. 1

christopher mulrooney

of all the stray forward motions
of all the eyes
streaming toward
the big blot brightsomeing
there just there
sign oh sure
cynosure

and the refuge of all this
on the flat earth
darkly

there I put down the business
as it comes
no more no less
just exactly what it says
within the limitations of the instrument

which is not so many as first appears
is I say
that is is said
faithfully transmitted
for how otherwise
and here I thank you my muse
of abandonment and betrayal
that were a hard lesson learned

it is stored in memory
as explained by experts
in this field

come and let us go down
from the street
through the loge
into the grand salon
you can just see the dancers
whirling after the fashion
of dancers
we take our table
the talk is good
someone offers our toast
we accept it

this is better than a documentary
how like a bird it seems
this dancer
a fledgling trying out its wings
a step or two

the gentlemen are playing cards
over there
in the light that breaks down
all our planes
into the spiritual orders
of a landscape

there is the butterfly
followed by the youth
or is it the winged demon
and the cooling angel
oh it is the elephant
and his trainer
the mage

I give you the chamber
guarding my memory
there is the girl
and now the fragments portend
a mere child
and then again
the bird of dawn

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