In the endless room of twilight
out of nowhere showers a faucet
of electric water
He rises and goes to the terrace.
Moon shines on the glass river.
She smiles and we dance the night away
Why didn't Noah call a plumber?
Through the clouds in your ears
fly poems with sharp teeth
in one eye out the other.
Like a pipe
like Arius in the outhouse
like a world collapsing
he bursts out laughing
In this city of familiar innards and sweetbreads
where streets are canals channeling strangers
in and out
the moon is captive of high walls
with minds barred like tall wooden doors.
of whatever far horizon
of whatever zero gravity
you may cipher.
like Mister Moebius' strip
The roof is damaged.
The sky scarred with cloud
What solutions can fictions offer?
They have no nothingness in which to move.
The mirage of prose is to prevent a line that knows.
What does a plant know of Sunday?
What does a toadstool ken of midnight?
They expand without calendars or tongues
and suddenly explode in seed.
Some place in the where of millennia
are submerged your necessary clowns,
drowned in the inanities of your right
and dutiful hands
and in this land surrounded by ocean
in every false harbor mark buoys
where mothers end and the maelstrom begins.
This is the good and the vicious of Penelope's
seen dry-eyed from height
these are marriages of the desert.
Here are no first class seats, only steerage.
Here are no peers—only Harpo and Chico
mooning and diving into spaghetti with bare hands.
Do you know that old wooden table in the mountains
where were engineered hydroelectric dams of corn meal
filled with squirrel?
it is not necessary
to drown in a little bit
it is not necessary
not to smile at whoever
Speak easy, machine,
in plain polyunsaturated prose
like a rose of one-way streets
radiating in the rain.
Speak easy, tracemaker,
beginning at both ends
and like a lead charioteer
in the circus take heartbeats
through their paces.
Don Quijote is the last ever seen
with hollow barrel chest
The day ends,
Money is counted out,
and street flowers
E. A. Costa 13 February 2014 Granada, Nicaragua