The Academics of It All

Out of a deep time and time ago,
another abrupt transition:
transitionless transition to be uncertain,
render a Cosmos chastely defined:

All but Death, Can be adjusted
Dynasties repaired –
Systems – settled in their Sockets —
Citadels – dissolved –1

They matter little, any of these transitions,
in a world out of transition,
skewed toward extinctions,
one soggy bawling flop
of tantrum after another

And promises:
soothing plots and righteous lies, human delusion—
self-delusion—
the kaleidoscope of mirage that clears to a mappemonde
hand-illuminated in the shipwrecked brain,

if we may re-compose any theme
wave-swept into some greater form
like the sea-beast that warns us what’s uncharted
in the brain, our escape from linear
reality to re-join our fellow mammals.
*

Vitiate the vitiation of history.
Blind mouths! What we explain we confuse.
What we confuse we strive to re-liven.
Truth cannot be un-poetic, I fondly
dream, fondly mis-attended.

Doglike I would circle the cosmic habitat—
When I turn round to check
the geography of dark space
I am cheered by the sight of Earth,

my guide to the mooncalm trail of stardust
behind me. I would probe
the cosmic wholeness of inner
selenity.

  1. Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them,
    ed. Cristanne Miller, April 11, 2016, p. 387. []
Richard Fenton Sederstrom was raised and lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and the North Woods of Minnesota. Sederstrom is the author of seven books of poetry, his newest book, Icarus Rising, Misadventures in Ascension, published by Jackpine Writers' Bloc, was released last winter. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.