Instrument Training & Algorithms for Shepherds
The manual instructs: forget Icarus & go with Brueghel’s crows. As we taxi, the ceiling’s low as black hair on the belly of a plow horse gone to seed. You pull back, lean away & the ground gives up its calloused thumb on the strings. If lips are the eyes of the ear, you’re a formula for vertigo: body heat, changes in pressure & liquid surrounded by liquids. You parrot the new science: a quantum bit holds an endless field of wheat. The glitch, for now: contact of any kind turns it all to chaff. Think what it means. Everything we know in a sphere of no volume, poles at zero & anyone. Another small step beyond Oresme’s “du ciel & du monde” or one more ass-first leap from the evolutionary plane? Engine-drone ascends. Acquacheta? The gauge shows a mile-thick stratus band. In the Opera of Intensio & Extensio, wet behind the ears & good as blind beyond my nose, I’m head-over-heels & you hum a thin red line to the false horizon. ii The manual instructs: windshields flow to gravity’s center & the eye makes a better mirror to the gauge than a window on the world. What if the eye paints the mirror & the sky is a harp of hungry birds? Juno, nude, slips into a blue cloud, Pasiphaë’s skin bristles beneath her cow’s wooden hide. What if the eye’s a camera on the corner & strips the politics of pocket-change down to paper lanterns & easy porn? Camelot’s on M Street, third-rate Lazaretto &, Jesus Christ, have you seen what passes for rain? Manual instructs: you can touch nothing you’ve seen yourself thru. Wind, shield or liquid? Memory or marble? Lips follow Bernini’s ecstatic folds & I can’t tell if you want to fly with Teresa or dance Ixion’s tresca with an anvil from a thunder-head. The speed of the rhythm spins the gauge. Altimeter reads: circle seven, ring three. Centaurs train bows on bald crowns & milk-white brows. Questions remain. What if a quiet eye boils a river of blood? You want to touch me? You & what army? Want to know whose musical chair this is? Ask. Who wove cane into hexagons? Who knows how to bend bone over steam?