(Roberto Matta Echaurren, painting)
the self in infinite shapes
of past, present and future selves
never quite themselves
yet always somehow
as if the self = mc2
constant, eternal and infinite
as if there were only
a single time and space
in which the self
transcends its place
in the infinity of its time.
Splitting the Ergo
(after the painting by Roberto Matta
Split the ergo if you can
as if it were a log
splintered down its spine
as if it were as palpable
Split the earth
as if it were a brain
that reason and create
as if it were
a conscious thing.
Separate the universe
to equal quantum parts
as if it could be measured
weighed and understood
like a figure eight.
Let’s Phosphoresce by Intellection I
(after the painting by Roberto Matta Echaurren)
Let’s phosphoresce the inside of the brain
beneath the consciousness of mind.
Let’s make it glow with the blue-black colors
of a blue-hot memory, like burning wood, caught fire,
or bioluminescent fish in the darkness
of a deep and irrational sea.
Let’s comprehend the evening sky, or try,
with bursts of red, yellow and green
as if they were fireworks on a moonless summer night.
Let’s intellect the incompressible first light
that bathed the universe, when it was dark,
and filled the cosmos with so such wonder and delight.