illusion and the dust drop

we offer you this bag, good sir,

of illusion

simply slit ‘er open

and find your eyesight broken

i see:

a trickle of dust on my upper arm. It spreads slowly, steadily.

It reaches my elbow.


Consults its compass


Sliding along the rivers of my obtrusive veins, downward, until

My wrist is reached






And then my wrist opens

And in slides the dust. Down into my hand Seep into fingertips Compromise blood cells.

Then back up my arm wrap around my neck suffocate my skull drop into my heart fill up my lungs plunge into my stomach engorge every inch of intestine.


Which leg to take?

It chooses right

And a dust drip fills me up

a dust drip weighs me down

a dust drip lays me on the ground

Then I knit myself together at the wrist and pretend to find the will to move

Ohnosotired. These legs just aren’t worth the effort.

Close my eyes with choked retinas

Cough the slight tickle in my throat away.

Dear tongue, learn better to control yourself.

Later men come with knives and scalpels and promise to open me up and drain me out.

To cut my wrist and stab my arm and poke my heart and pump some new blood

Into my dusty frame.

But then I heard the news.

You just can’t have a body of dust mixed with a body of blood.


Consult the compass

Do we take this illusion? It works. We don’t move. We don’t think. We don’t even feel

that dust being pumped all inside.

But look at us! We’ve got this dust, see it drip?



it could coat a thousand books

Then think of all the knowledge we could cover!

All the time we could waste!

All the history we could smother!

But look at us! We’ve got this dust, see it drip—wait

I thought I sewed that up?


Suddenly I’m frightened about this dust, about this wrist, and the way that drip

gives the illusion

of never quitting.

When I woke I was cold.

I lay.


When I arose (I arose!) i was thrilled to see my skin was made of bark.

Just look at all this bark! (I thought). We can do things with this. We’re going places!

This illusion isn’t fading.

Just look at that wrist! There isn’t a drippy-damn-drop of dust in that stitch!


About mattfaw

Hi, my name is Matt and I enjoy writing things, eating things, writing eats, and thinging writes.
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