We sweet Orpheuses

The Columbia has abandoned us,
the Willamette, too; and the Guadalupe; and
San Jose. And Portland. We’re
abandoned into history. We’re run aground on
a little island,
but it isn’t really a little island — it’s
a sea monster.

The sea monster doesn’t want to drink tea
with us; it doesn’t want
to play tennis. In fact the sea monster seems to have no
interest in anything about us, what we do or whatever happiness we’ve managed
to scrape together in this small insignificance we call existence.
In fact the sea monster seems to want us for
lunch. This sea
monster is life.

Heidegger said
we’ve been abandoned into the world.
We’ve fallen
into it.

Does this sound familiar?

We’re falling together.
I smell the concrete
who knows how far down.

La chute” Camus called it. “The fall.”

I can’t even turn my head to look.
doesn’t matter.

You are here
it’s wonderful.

We were told the Northwest is a big foolish beast,
no sea monster: a Cerberus
for we sweet Orpheuses
to blanket with sound.

We’ll smile as we play
our lyres. We’ll sing in
harsh voices.

We’ll pluck the breath from each other’s chests
while there’s still breath left to draw.

We’ll live breathless.
Au bout de soufflé.

Is there concrete below?
Has the war started?
I don’t care.
I’m happiest when I’m with you.

You wrote in a little card,
Coup dedans là. Tout sera OK.
Hang in there. All will be OK.

Come sea monsters. Come Cerberus. Come fools.
Come fall.

About allisunknown

26 year-old student, tutor, and writer. Write for http://www.spectrumculture.com. Also nascent pedestrian advocate. Twitter handles: twitter.com/joeclinkenbeard twitter.com/PedInPDX
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1 Response to We sweet Orpheuses

  1. Alli says:

    Every time I read a poem again, I love it even more.

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