15 December 2013
11 November 2013
The pull of Utopia beckons the good will of Man, but upon arrival at the gates of dawn, elusive stagnation of existence.
A cat looses focus of the game should the laser refuse to play, throwing the world back from whence it quested and longed.
Like so, the life of the trapeze artist, mesmerizing in her ability to walk the line, above it all, absolving her knowledge of the catch-all net below.
All-being, spotlight shone and centered, yet simultaneously nothing, a show, drifting without purpose for the pure sake of amusement. Isn't it all so amusing? Isn't it all so laughably trivial and wonderful?
20 July 2013
and I see the first spider of this trip, it's been a week without any notion
of micro-Tokyo. Even the damning cicadas kamikaze-ing for the faces of
too-tired business men or anybody really were hardly considered small.
But with the realization of seeing two spiders subdermal to Tokyo's neon
acne-ridden facade, slick and ever restless, an angsty teen of a city filled
with the oldest souls, conflicted by notions of honor and repression,
behind all of that, there must be a livelihood to these eight-legged creatures.
So the night goes on, and the questionable hooker Coco and her
cerulean, Aeropostale-donning pimp? mingles with the passive-aggressive
hipster from America who showed up with my crew and insisted Elmer's
was the best way to wax and curl a moustache for days. God-forbid he
wound up dead in an alley way, unable to pay off Coco's exhorbitant fees;
only the best in Roppongi. I knew then and there I had to find myself there
as a means of utilizing my hotel, the unlikely Ritz-Carlton looming over
the madness of aggressive men wandering the streets below, asking the visiting
white guys, "Hey, hey man, hey listen. What are you up to tonight? Oh, you have plans?
Cancel them. 5000 yen, and these girls, they like to fuck. What, too good for that?
Listen man, you have to help me out with this. Serious. They'll kill me."
I floated back to the Ritz, where more nuanced, reformed predators lurk.
The waterfalls are turned off, and I pass a Maybach, and a Maserati, and a Mercedes,
a few Porches, a Lambo, a Ferrari, a Rolls, a Bentley and a vintage Aston Martin.
Sweet Japanese Jesus!
Finally, back in the safety of my hotel, where the cigar smoke has faded and the
seemingly underpaid are spot-cleaning the Grand shining against the moonlight
in the main ballroom. Goodnight, Tokyo.
The following day, I find myself in Rikugien. The garden helps me forget
of the mana-powering orchestrated chaos machine of this island giant.
Between pictures, I enjoy watching turtles climb rocks and fall onto one another,
elongated necks and the koi staring onward in such a stupifying manner that
it felt cartoonish to me as I stared back (probably looking about as stupid)
and thought about the way in which Japan has taught me
to appreciate the use of space and arrangement.
And my legs were taught that mosquitoes exist most everywhere.
A lesson effectively remembered by the 26 bites on my legs alone.
So I left the park and navigated to Akihabara, which means "Field of Autumn Leaves"
but should really be called "Field of anything electronic ever made ever."
It was a poignant reminder of how unfulfilling anything out of balance can be.
I'm no stranger to neither technology nor consumerism, but Akiba is
all of that on meth. After spending hours in one six-story store, trying on
thirteen-thousand dollar headphones and watching eighty-four inch televisions,
passing rows of camera tripods and lenses that were the size of an elephant penis,
taking escalators up and down more times than I cared to and trying to understand
what anything about the place, I left, walked 2 kilometers, ate the best dumplings
and called it good for now. City life just isn't my thing.
02 July 2013
13 June 2013
or rather, that I won't have to mourne my own loss;
that after my full numbing to nothing, I won't feel it.
Selfish. Nevertheless, a means to a meaningful end.
That which I do fear greatly is the death of others,
for in that I have no control, only the battle between
nothing and everything that will wage within, hollow
trench warfare, it is always darkest before dawn.
Odd how feeling empty is part of rounding out experience
that wisdom is not encompassed in filling up, but also
co-existing with the breaking down, the inevitable natural status
that so harshly reminds us that we're still just animals.
So I ask myself, what is a better way to live--for me, for all?
Wage a lifelong war, prolonging the consummation with Death,
or forget long enough to experience a fulfilled, albeit limited life?
And then I know, the beauty lies exactly in making that decision.
29 May 2013
07 May 2013
An homage to man's evolutionary mental stability by way
of patterned sound, of pulsing around the constant.
Double-helixed lovers synchronize to the onward drone,
the universal constant, simultaneously reassuring and maddening;
a line blurred by bass drivers of a galactic scaling, the cosmic party.
Feigning contentment despite the onset entropy, the lingering cold
that comes from the stillness, the antithesis constant which derives
all of its nothing from the building tension and eventual spillover
until the Universal heartstring is plucked anew, and the music resumes.
03 May 2013
the pieces still reflect if you shift, zoom, enhance
and they show exactly what perceives them.
A polyamorous web of time spent fighting the barrage
of cobweb mental block that is nothing more than
the ethereal lack of dwelling on what has come to Be,
24 April 2013
and therein lies the paradoxical fuckery of coping with emptiness
and grappling with nothing. By conceptualizing nothing, it's been
disserviced. The fact remains, 'nothing' is easier said than done.
It extends beyond the removal of materialism, of desire and remorse,
though each contributes to the whole in their own small ways.
Feeling incomplete is inherently difficult by pitting one's soul solely
in the void. Without knowing, without planning, without thinking.
The greatest torture and thereby the greatest therapy must then be
solitude, if only a modicum of sanity can be maintained throughout.
When you strip away the gained insight, the experience of it all,
preconceived notions of existence, all that remains is self.
The illusory fabric of 'reality'; a flimsy construct built on distraction
whereby goals drive innovation instead of the opposite.
And balancing the scales too moderately stagnates the procedural
growth that ever rebels against our urge for 'free-will'.
The only real choice to be made is whether to partake or quit.
It is indeed difficult to relinquish control in the unfathomable depths
of our sincerely unknown universe, but I've said it before and so again
I shall: "Be leery of any who claim to have the answers."
23 April 2013
Like now how you're thinking, 'what the fuck is a hypercomplex fractal?'
and mad about the fact that you're worried about that rather than carrying on.
The way that we sought stability until it drove us right into the ground;
that point of origin, having gone full circle, the place most stable and dirty of all.
We Babel at each other, not saying anything, until the tower's so high that,
no, it doesn't get collapsed by the omniscient God, but by forgetting why we built
and finding that I'm pulling the last Jenga piece out from under myself.
Scurrying to grapple and grasp at the ever-thin air, getting heavier and heavier,
there is the ever-growing pain of realization, knowing that we only move forward
at the cost of living, until our bodies tire of the incessant antics and abuse.
Navigating dodgy systems of olde, aiming for heaven, afraid to get there.
Wasted years preparing for moments that were only but dreams of youthful
As we pay to play to forget to play until we just pay, and pay and pay
to remember some day what once was lost was not forever forgotten
and gain sight once more in our unsightly, broken bodies
with rusty joints and dreams of joints once so fine.
12 April 2013
Every other word out of my mind isn't humble enough for you;
so I sit here and strike out passage after passage, because
I feel too good for the norms imposed by the Drunkard Canon.
Maybe they just weren't doing the right stuff, just the write stuff.
I've spent my time at the end of the rope, morning after PBRs
stale bong water and the like. The goddamn grey Michigan skies
which are only fair for how otherwise great this place is.
Sure Detroit gets a bad rap, but for what, Robocop? Eminem
represents the 313, but only for what it used to be. I look forward
because I don't have eyes in the back of my head; roll over, roll another.
Strip away all the bullshit, the colors and layers upon layers, sedimentary
cityscapes, re-purposed skyscrapers, get higher and higher, but never rise.
Maybe we could all take a lesson from the persistence of hard times
and the people who don't turn their back, instead turn the shattered glass
upon themselves and see the fractured thing they've become, only to
remain and see themselves rise and get high once more.
02 April 2013
in their separation of self and whole
a limited glass-wall world, the community bubble
the sanctitude, the solace, the illusory solitude.
lifelong ponders, "who blew us into existence?"
from which soapy soup were we comprised?
the primordial balance of alkalis,
the oleochemicals and otherwise
Taking the inane and invoking the insane
and setting it off unto the elements;
the darkness and cold, a glimmer of hope
as it captures light, captivates souls
from POP to POP to POP, evermore.
to the untrained ear, chaos
to the untrained eye, chaos
to the untrained mouth, chaos
to the believers of chaos, untrained
to the composer, a deaf ear
to the cartographer, a bird's eye
to the critic, a marathon runner
to the knowers of chaos, unchained
to the chaos haters, arraigned
to the chaos lovers, sustained
to the chaos grabbers, restrained
to the chaos talkers, ingrained
helped into, oaxaca sun.