by JD DeHart
Travel with me a moment
into a place where our thoughts
become action. Yes, this sounds like
the introduction to a 60s science fiction
series. Pardon me.
There are some ideas I wish to
keep secret. They are my tangle of vines,
grounding me in reality. Reminding me
that I dont have to throat punch someone.
All I have to do is smile, listen, nod.
Adjust, move on.
But I love comic books, how
dialogue happens. The lines are dotted
when the characters whisper, or
the words begin to fade.
I can see in a cloud above
someones head, their inner truth.
This might come in handy, but is there
a way to turn it off? Ever?
And this is why I love
film. No one stutters
unless they mean to. They
represent themselves in the best
take of all.
I am a silent performer. When
I drive down the road, I belt out music
like a professional. I wish I
hadnt told you that.
In my mind, theres an auditorium.
Figures from my past sit and listen.
Wow, are they impressed. In my
hypothetical universe, Ive always got
the perfect line.
How often do I get to enact
it? Almost never. Rarely. Sometimes.
Maybe its the audition
thats worthwhile. Or maybe one too many
long walks in the woods, meditating
on the structure of stories I would one
In the World
Im tired of the high-minded voices
I know talking about not being of
Like, what does that really
mean? Im the substance of this known universe.
I have dirt under my nails. I eat from the ground.
Get used to it.
Its not that I disagree with their stance
on life, the universe, and a number of ideas.
Im all for grand philosophizing.
Im just rooted in this place. I know where I come
from. Its not so bad.
The earth of the mountains and the concrete
of the urban jungles are full of truth.
Or something like it.
Let it ring like the chiming of the car
behind me that wants me to move on.
I dont want to move on. Let me take
in this roadside attraction. Stop for some
chicken that is so cooked it will kill me.
Now, thats the world.
I Want to Be in a Comic Book
From the flashing pages of my youth,
I have wanted to be in a comic book.
I designed my suit, considered my powers
and weapons. I imagined a damsel in distress.
Even thought of my perfect lair.
On my swing set, I would consider this
universe of my making.
I set about on notebook pages to construct
a story with myself as the heroic center
but age and time wore these dreams down.
I began to see myself as a character whose
bright intentions were mingled with dark ink.
No one needs to be the hero all the time,
or so I reasoned.
Nevertheless, even today, I sometimes yearn
to see myself as a protagonist in my own story,
written or visual.
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