Father what is bigger than the moon?
The earth my child.
Because if the earth were an empty bird’s nest,
it could fit several moons inside.
What’s bigger than the earth?
A sun my child.
Because if a sun were an orange
then the earth’d be a tiny crumb of bread.
If you were starving, which one would you pick?
What’s bigger than a sun?
A galaxy my child.
Because if a sun were a bee,
a galaxy would be a swarm of bees
flying in hypnotic circles, ellipses
and parabolas around their hive.
What’s bigger than a galaxy?
Human thought my child.
Because thought is like a net
that can catch all the bees in the universe
and put them in a jar and study their
colors, structure, venom, instincts,
language, and habits.
What’s bigger than human thought?
Emptiness my child.
Because thought is like a tiny bubble in the vast
sea of nothingness that surrounds us, leaving
little more than a local ripple on the surface
once it expires.
What’s bigger than emptiness?
Mystery my child.
Because mystery is the quality that all things
share in their being or nonbeing.
What’s bigger than mystery?
You my child… you.
- dedicated to my unborn daughter
Feeding the worm
that lives inside
having stuffed it with thoughts
ideals, systems of philosophy,
until it grew so large
to eclipse the sun, the moon,
the mountains, the town, the cars,
the flowers and the dirt
it grew beyond measure
did it deserve to be feed
the pie of beauty
the pudding of truth –
this worm has left
my body and took with it
all my emotions and desires
it roams freely
children point their little yellow fingers
insatiable it has begun to devour
the arts, the sciences, religions, presidents, continents
even the élan vital of destiny: chance
the universe is its next craving
but it will not stop there
it is hungry for infinity
for the coarse meat of eternity
and ultimately the crust of nothingness
that encompasses all of reality itself;
this children’s poem
will too be eaten
to remain inside the primeval gut of the worm
shifting forms buried under undigested elements
earth wind fire water shadows constellations
everything revolves in the undifferentiated ooze
the words of this poem
will be so far apart of each other
there’ll be layers of love sorrow ecstasy
tears silence in between them
nothing will survive
because the worm
will eat itself