Esurient Conrad Ectozoan

By Julie Flanders

 

Are you still as hungry

As your eyes

Eating everything in sight

But nothing fills

Or fulfills that wish

More empty

Than any dish

 

Floating

Like some forgotten satellite

Your orbit left un-right

And no one cares

No one stares any more

As you grab the railing

Or climb the stairs

As you watch your skin

Wrinkle

And count your few remaining hairs

Which stand up

Like small grey wires

 

So much of you is gone

Why not your desires

 

You crawl along

And the buildings stand

Like giant trees that yield nothing

No fruit, no breeze

The buildings are bald

Like you

Free of leaves

They stand bare

And proud above the streets

Where they feed no one

No one eats

 

But you still believe in it

You are awed

By how strong and tall

The structures stand

And so you crawl

Slowly, sadly

By some act of will or

Maybe just a deep instinct

Like a caterpillar

You crawl blindly

Up, up, up

Until you reach a place

Where you can go no further

And you pause

To curl into a tight cup

Of longing

Holding itself in

Clinging to dead things

And pretending not to feel

The sting of the wind

 

Ah—

You fell in love with monuments

And you lived a silver lifeless lie

And now

You are a starving caterpillar

Who will never yield

A butterfly

 

Photo by Aaron Burden

Caterpillar.Aaron Burden

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