She screams herself to sleep each night in a white tidepool on the outskirts
of town. During the day shes a receptionist for a mock pharmaceutical
company. Its called Fine Persian Drugs. Her only living uncle
is famous for being able to contact the gods. No one knows this but
he once made love with a dolphin. The dolphin spoke of this communion
to her friends, who were always amused by her sexual exploits with lower
There goes another crocodile. Its behind the stove. It will never
know the joys of getting a drivers license or seeing its grandchildren
walk the plank. A system of cloud promulgation has been set up to take
our minds off this regrettable contemplation. It would have worked a
charm if we hadnt seen it coming. As subtle as a polka-dot tank
on a moor. The gears which make our livingroom run glop together in
an Arpy hump of waxy conglomerata. So much for going out.
The freeways are clogged with silver flotsam, the clouds are jingling
with lacquered froth, the bedrooms of the nation are frozen solid. This
is no time to lapse into a woozy bloodless lassitude there are
animals without the least notion of who they are or why were chasing
them. A state of meaty bewilderment has been declared.
Are you prepared to succumb to minutiae? Or are you just bestride the
geyser, dopily entranced? In either case we must ask you to return to
your assigned position. The show is about to stop.
Better to strike while still asleep, in order to maintain an alibi.
A cherubic barking up the wall loosens the paint enough that we can
read the inscriptions underneath; however, we have discovered to our
surprise and delight that we would rather just eat the paint as it peels
away like the skin of a blank but meaning-filled chrysalis, the unscripted
flesh of the years... While out on the horizon an orange efflorescence
continues to bloom and storm and calm the sway, grating on our invidious
discomfiture like an under-cooked malady greeping with slime. I cant
help but be enchanted by its malevolent charms. A thrashing contrapulition.
Its beautiful and its coming this way.
From The Sleepy Turbine (2003) by Steve Venright