Dogs 2007

EXTREME OCULAR COMPRESSION
(3/2/07)


I awoke
moments ago
well before dawn
with the pressure
of the entire
planet
heavy upon
my eyelids

I cannot
open them

every mountain
and sand dune
every ocean
and puddle
every country
and community
every race
and person
every crime
and culprit

all
of creation
crouches there
pressing ever nearer
to my eyes
and to
my soul

oh
I could
open them
I suppose
with some
bit of effort

but where
would the world
find bottom
in the cranial chasm
of my mind?

the orb
and ever
accessory
would fall fluttering
through eternity
never reaching
the bedrock
of my
disillusion

existence
lapsing into nothingness
rattling down
this perpetually
tired tomb

I think that
I'll lie here
alone
for just
a while
longer

the world
can wait