Pythagoras, sliced, freezered cat, defrocked Wal-Mart greeter, in anachoresis,
face welted with interior mountainings, mountain whippings, grinds ahead, dolphining,
in and out of the artifact cavitied humus of the Chukatcha Peninsula, a curly iron
basket of oily fire at the bulb of his forehead; he is stitching, you can imagine
a gold thread leaking and spinning braided from his testicles.
See him in the horsetail headdress of Appollo, a loaned snake cape, his look has the
roar of one moony engine leaving the continental shelf at night in snow, this is the
real one-father, bobbing in greasy light, then he
drops behind a meter high gravel ridge and night is there;
the Bering Sea rotates its nineteenth century gear
inside the drum of herony, idle volcanoes, toe-nail painting Las Vegased
near which all the Pythagoreans sweat.
So you want to go home but haven’t a clue.
Here’s one, a ganglion.
Recall the ciliced, winded thigh will go by its own delectation
into the flint trench
That the whale bones must cover the corpse completely.
That the water creeping down in stones on this body is the sky bull
OK, now to go into the rolling mouth, take the stubbly, mud stairs
up to the surgery ward and through it, wiping gecko webs from the i.v. trees,
then into the broom closet that rustles with mammoth bones.
Now slide your soon-to-be-sliced thigh into the slate-sliding water,
go down in it, there is a promised house inside exactly the size of your head,
torso, legs, a book within a book, book written on the inside and on the outside,
a key shape outlined by a stitch of white stones on the intertidal plain.