The word obsessions often comes with negative connotations. It’s not healthy to have obsessions (think OCD, hoarders, or stalkers). But where would we be without them?
We listened to talk shows
chatted about acid rain,
flirted a little.
cannot navigate. To slough off:
like skin cells, turn from a fine
powder, into into earth into sand
into skin oil and light. Burn.
A perfected balance achieved in sleep
can sometimes twist up through wakefulness
its delicate wire and weight contraption.
A child-like willingness today
was, only yesterday, an embryo
in the womb of my resistance.
herbs bought in the throes of
gourmet dinner clubs now shriveled in their
glass bottles, a litmus for the total
disinterest in anything to do with food.
seeking a sign
that has survived nothingness
a lost toy
or simple earthen potsherd