Reverie 23.25

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Please read aloud.

We are awkward carpentry
Strangers to standing alone
We involve against refraction

We are building with good intentions
From the queens to the red-haired dancers
We are free-viewed class ceilings and
We shall eat ourselves

We are columns of meloncholy and anthro-apologies
We look into a void,
And yet somehow, we see.

We are a natural reserve
Breathing, mirroring all reflections
With empty test tubes

We are oscillations of string.

We are taught to dance in circles
To stretch to bitter contortions
And watch our limbs tangle

We are blind to synaptic response, a weight on lead sheets.

Distracted by taut skin on knee-cavities.
A scaffold, constructed algebraically.
Jokes in stasis.

We are a theory of madness,

Walking corridors. Turning keys.

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About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

2 responses to “Reverie 23.25

  • thebeardedlady

    I really like this a lot. It’s lovely to read aloud. So many wonderful words. I love the way the rhythm is so tightly sprung. I also especially love the line, ‘we are taught to dance in circles’. Excellent, wonderful.

  • benchic

    Thanks so much. I’m actually very, very pleased with this. Its not exactly a poem, but that is ok… I think.

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