Parallel Universe



all unknowns snap to light
upon awakening

in bed, supine,
sun-given day ignites a fire,
blankets burn, 
mind’s the filament of a lamp
upon awakening

stupidity tumbles down a sheer of chance,
small thoughts plunge, they start an avalanche,
the ground gives way beneath my feet
upon awakening

light ricochets from every wall,
blind see, deaf hear,
motion stills, minutiae interlock
upon awakening

east and west do not collide, they mesh
upon awakening

bias stands upon its head
draining deadliness,
its river Cocytus circles a sewer
upon awakening

states recede, decline, abjure,
the babble of all the contradictory words of god unite
upon awakening

they steep in a cauldron of love, the clock’s a joke
upon awakening

doors swing wide though no one knocks,
each ajar as each unlocks
upon awakening

windows blast from jambs
upon awakening

lions lie with lambs,
every noise becomes a note
upon awakening

every weight begins to float,
even cacophony’s in tune
upon awakening

nothing’s ever learned again by rote
upon awakening

everything becomes
the final sacrificial goat

by Jim Culleny

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