The world is smaller than we are.

If the Sky was Made of Oranges, paper collage, 2021

the world is smaller than we are
can’t you feel it?
	this kingdom of carrots
is deafening

these fish who swim with 
the deftness of newspapers
	who crawl to the moon with 
question marks on their backs

i pass you on the stairs 
	and we are two
reckless as headlights
	making symbols
	making anarchy
swallowed by the same half-eaten loneliness
at night, on a pillow
pretending not to violate the walls

and still

your eyes clamor for the sun
friend, these eyes are your sun
the honey is delayed
the sky is an alien in your hands

the economics of wonder 
	a rainbow in 
imaginary street clothes

My latest chapbook, Has Had Paradise, is available on Etsy. A curated collection of 20 poems. Bound by hand to order.

Also (I know I mentioned this previously, but I thought I’d mention it again), you can find two of my collages in the online show, “Animals,” at Colors of Humanity Art Gallery for the month of November. There is some terrific animal-themed artwork there, for those of you who may be interested.

Prints for all of the artwork above are available in my Etsy shop. To inquire about originals, please contact me.

10 responses to “The world is smaller than we are.”

  1. Yes..this is good. I love the opening line…so true..the world smaller than we are as we “pass on the stairs..reckless..swallowed by the same half-eaten loneliness” The world with all its wonder and infiniteness is so often felt reachable, touchable in a moment with another “making symbols, making anarchy” and still our “eyes clamor for the sun” and that rainbow in street clothes. What a perfect visual.
    And again congratulations on your work displayed in the online show “Animals”! That’s outstanding 🙂 I enjoyed viewing the show 🙂

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    • Thank you very much. I think, also, that it’s too easy to lose the humanity in our interactions: passing on the stairs, etc., so concentrated on our own little worlds (or on our phones) that we forget we’re all inhabiting the same sphere, sharing many of the same internal experiences, “the same half-eaten loneliness,” thinking ourselves singular and isolated when we’re not. And what we really need is probably to lose ourselves for awhile and connect meaningfully with someone else. Thank you, as always, for the wonderful feedback, and I’m happy you enjoyed “Animals”! Be well, my friend! 🙂


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