Current – a poem by Timothy Lavenz

Current

My breath
             shall be sufficient
                                       unto thee

roared
               nearly in silence

the attentively controlled muscles

circling 
                  in and out
                                        in opening
closing without cease

               to open again
                                         within me

slaying every notion of I am

                                     portraying
instead:
                a matchbox counting

off each sulfur 
                              tip
                                          burnt:

one by one
                     the gift
                                   its warmth 
simply of
                 joy or sorrow
                                      released:

the simplest
                       one word
                                        answer:

body's heave in spirit's keep—
this treasure is beyond belief:
you are welcome into blood:
into faint thickness & vitreous
matter of star: which hour upon
hour shall re-arouse the flick,
o unchanging, o infinite power:

             feeling: this:
                                            how
the automatic magic
      snows

                        where all of this

now eventually
                          now ever
                                          shall go:
struck

             into flames.

Timothy Lavenz is a poet, philosopher, and translator. His work has appeared in Epoché Magazine, Oraxiom Journal, Kunst und Kirche, and Sequestrum. Many of his writings can be found at fragilekeys.com.

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