seeking to escape the ache

of visceral manacles

—the corporeal climbs unknowingly

into defamilarization


humming searing claps of carbon

dissipate down from overhead

through dampened plastic

air’s condensed the filter through the fog

white specks, dance in variation, promising frenetic movement

with each inhalation,

the impossibility of being oneself

when known to be a deafened speck,

a portal and an instant nine times expanded and collapsed,

an intruder,

another toe to disturb the universe,


hangs heavier still—the nascent wraps through its antipode

an irreducible instant of acceptance