Terminal Velocity of Rational Thought

Wikipedia Poem, No. 412

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“Two blinded in Detroit! / Something must be done / Jaws dropping at ringside / In the blood tide / When the fireball hits” John Darnielle

 

on it    would crash and deform
diameters at black waves shaped of religion
print a better part drag    the bellow within thinner parts drag
the keyword deforms diameter    of black waves shaping form
of more prayers    beneath black waves a better place
consider the keyword deformed
diameters of black waves shaped to a religion
print a better party    drag dependents into it
axis altar a sinking prayer
the keyword deforms diameter
more black waves shape all further prayer
at the black in fact a trademark of a religion
print a darker place    consider the drag    intact

“Charles Bernstein”

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Charles Bernstein,
Here is my litany,
How does it compare
To yours? Not a thing,
But an original tense,
Unknown to word, sound
Or light—the carefully pent
Birthday present
Approximately the size of a bowling ball
And the weight of a human heart
As you remember it—
Bowed and hysterical, still
Forever and unobserved.