What Did You Do Once You Knew?

by Drew Dellinger  (Nov 30, 2012)

It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the Planet was plundered?
what did you do when the Earth was unravelling?

surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?
as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?

did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?

what did you do
once
you
knew?

I’m riding home on the Colma train
I’ve got the voice of the Milky Way in my dreams

I have teams of scientists
feeding me data daily
and pleading I immediately
turn it into poetry

I want just this consciousness reached
by people in range of secret frequencies
contained in my speech.

I am the desirous Earth
equidistant to the underworld
and the flesh of the stars.

I am everything already lost

the moment the universe turns transparent
and all the light shoots through the Cosmos

I use words to instigate silence

I’m a hieroglyphic stairway
In a buried Mayan city
suddenly exposed by a hurricane

a satellite circling earth
finding dinosaur bones
in the Gobi desert
I am telescopes that see back in time

I am the precession of the equinoxes,
the magnetism of the spiralling sea

I’m riding home on the Colma train
with the voice of the Milky Way in my dreams
I am the myths where violets blossom from blood
like dying and rising gods

I’m the boundary of time
soul encountering soul
and tongues of fire

it’s 3:23 in the morning
and I can’t sleep
because my great great grandchildren
ask me in my dreams
what did you do while the Earth was unravelling?

I want just this consciousness reached
by people in range of secret frequencies
contained in my speech.

–Drew Dellinger, Hieroglyphic Stairway in Love Letter To the Milky Way

About Pancho

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One Response to What Did You Do Once You Knew?

  1. Susan Livingston says:

    What did I do? I became an eco-entrepreneur in western North Carolina and now a social entrepreneur in the east bay and in cyberspace. I do not “protest” the “theft” of democracy; IMO, we never had it in the first place, and what we had instead is largely responsible for that plundering and unraveling of which you spoke – a necessary human political evolutionary stage, but now it’s time to ask the field of infinite possibility what shall we do instead!

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