Box with Fork: acrylic on panel, 27 x 18.5 in. Celeste Goyer
Eternity has no currency here
Whether the mind
is a large medallion like those
centered in the Persian rug
(parrot or peony, peacock or Bird of Paradise)
(lotus, iris, amulet, jug)
or is more a common loon
that glides blithely then dives
for bits of knowledge (though clumsy)
with a haunting tremolo, the sound of fog,
or even a blender drink
where all the constituent ingredients
fold into a single river of thought
with fruit parachuting off the rim,
the word never (from Old English)
has not evolved, has always denied
has never meant anything else
making it akin to the first pair
of tongs, pulled from the fire –
with what? Previous tongs.
To the Moirae
If you tell me where you live,
I will paint your house
with the freshest coat in a hue
that one day looks like spume
and one day looks like lilacs
I will hand-wash your garments
and suture their gaps.
I will sauté and flambé and blanch
and double the recipe so you can
freeze some and defrost after
a long day of thumbs up or down.
I will stay out of your way.
I will organize your closet so you
know what you own by color
and season so the morning’s
sartorial decisions come easy.
I will unsubscribe you from random
solicitations, land-line and email,
and follow up after 10 days to ensure
they dropped you from the list.
I will dust your spindle and chandeliers.
I will feed your fish and scour
the tank with good water, no soap.
I will leave a small ikebana flower
arrangement on your table
to promote balance and beauty.*
*You may think I am trying to curry favor. I need to cover all the bases. I am in negotiations with my God and have exchanged pleasantries with the life force of other traditions, besides the ridiculous amount of yoga I do, each practice devoted to asking for some version of grace – all I ask is a little extra consideration when it comes not even to me but to mine – they live so blithely not knowing we must be in a constant state of tithing and I do not want them to fear like I do, I do not want them to know.