Meteorite Poems

Meteorites
for Jarkko Kettunen

I

a rock / a fragment [consider revising]
a matter / a fact / a thing
in itself / as it is

II

once upon a time / upon a space
upon a matter
this thin happened / a piece of elsewhere¨
nded up here

III

no two rocks are alike
they are / snowflakes / from a void
we call spac / they are
individually malignant

IV

it is said / that matter
cannot vanish / it travels
from form to for / space to pace
eternally / variable

V

gravity clearly didn’t have aesthetics
in mind / when it hurled
these rocks around / and smashed
m on the face of i.e. arth

they sure are beautiful

VI

imagine a stone
floating through space
like a cork
on a perfectly still sea –
almost
as if time it-
self had aband-
oned it out
here

VII

space rocks, you say / well every rock
is a rock in a space
no matter / no difference
we don’t / stand a-
part

VIII

as one looks at the face of this / ugly
rock, one cannot help / thinking / no
thing is perfect / in this / crooked
world / uni-
verse / everything is be-
coming / on it’s way
o something else

IX

imagine / this piece of rock / a meteorite
as a word broken from
a long sentence / imagine that
it might carry
an echo of a story
it once old

X

turn it around / weight it / examine it / question it
it has nothing to say

(and wont remain silent)

 

On the 25th of February 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal
Aki Salmela




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