Grow expansively

Schonmaier Globe.jpg

Globe

 

What is the globe, but an orb

the size of a grapefruit

 

in your hand, and to go to the ends

of the earth is to journey across

 

the lines in your palm:

veins and arteries laid

 

out like a life plan.  Dreams

are what we believe in when we set

 

our sails, the spiderwebs

all fresh in the rigging.  One

 

person dreams of island life

and another of a country

 

garden with tomato plants.

Must we always travel

 

farther and farther away

when the meridians are laid out

 

so clearly in our hand-clasp?

We know that we’re caught

 

in a system of capillaries

and that the muscle called

 

our heart will eventually

abandon us along milky way

 

and spirals.  So on this Saturday

night tear up your visas, tickets

 

and decide your dream is where

you now stand, and that the people

 

who greet you when they unlock

their doors are the ones who will best

 

let your axon filaments grow

expansively snared.

 

(written in 2007)

From Wavelengths of Your Song (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013)

 

“Globe” set to music by Dutch composer Nico Huijbregts for clarinet, cello, violin and spoken voice. 2015.

 

Photo by Eleonore Schönmaier

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