Extremities

Thomas Piekarski


We live at extremities,
earthen platitudes,
pent despite the giant
inner tube we float on
in an ocean of dream,
bloated and blighted,
buoyed by intangible
birthday balloons.
An invisible sun
spinning on the horizon
slings gamma rays
piercingly our way.
Transient molecules
doting on themselves
form organic mists
that cloud every action.
Actions justify deeds,
our best hope at least
until smoke disperses.
Earth disguises life,
or so we’re convinced
by unidentified sources
that keep us in suspense.
We drift suspended
watching lips move
across infinity’s screen,
those lips not synched
with spoken words.
We’re prone to dismiss
sunlight poking through
the mind’s membrane
that is itself a world,
fantastical world
where all is magnified.
Transcendence hedges
our bets, as gravity shifts,
nudges us, manipulates
health and happiness.
After lengthy discussion
the Normans invaded,
also, Genghis Khan because
gaining satisfaction meant
wreaking utter destruction.
We’d perfect destiny given
enough time and technology,
meanwhile, have to depend on
symbols raining from icy skies.
Publicists have dolts believing
in the logic of fake muses, slim
body politic, electric Kool Aid,
an antichrist and who knows what.
We’ve evolved along with birds,
artificially composed, half dead
upon arrival, pegged in a setting
that’s perpetually reconstituted.
Scientists may yet conclude
by examining Hubble photos
that the Big Bang happened when
God burped. Although risky
we can tolerate fools once their
sins are exposed. Be mindful,
countless dimensions exist
even though we access only
few of them. As alternative fact
Davy Crockett died at Waterloo
and Santa Anna lost the battle
of the Alamo. It’s called inverted
parallel universes superimposed,
suppressed simultaneously by our
inability to integrate experience.
This isn’t a subject that should
be taken too lightly, even if light
is proven to contain no matter.


Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly and Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry and interviews have appeared in literary journals internationally, including Nimrod, Florida English Journal, Cream City Review, Mandala Journal, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Quarterly, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and Boston Poetry Magazine. He has published a travel book, Best Choices In Northern California, and his epic adventure Ballad of Billy the Kid is available on Amazon in both Kindle and print versions.