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Opthalmos

Opthalmos,
Greek for eye
the word the root for medical and
scientific terminology.

Eye has a range of meanings,
ways of looking into
or out of
the orbs of sight.

Opthalmos,
the word forms itself around
these soft, slightly oblate,
gelatinous spheres.

It treats the eye as a thing,
in all its vulnerability.

Saying opthalmos,
we can almost taste it?

We feel a goat’s eye, or
a fish eye,
something sitting on a plate
or rolling on the tongue.

We feel the wonder of something so
fragile
and tenuous
cradled in its bony orbit,
but open to the air,
to all kinds of dangers,
physical, emotional.

Opthalmos,
the eye in Buñuel,
laid open by a straight
razor.

Opthalmos,
the imagined feel of an empty socket,
dry or moist?
behind a patch?
or holding a glass eye?
cold, rattling, and blind
– dumb to sight–
everything a real eye is not.

όρχις, Orkhis,
another fragile,
delicate organ on the
edge
between inside and out.

Language calls one forth
in relation to the other.

Opthalmos,
works across distance
at the speed of light,
speed of sight.

Orkhis,
works across time
not space.

One takes in to see out,
capturing the past as presence.

The other replicates the past
to create a myriad of possible futures.

Both are profligate,
both precious to us.

Opthalmos,
the word cradled in age.

Opthalmos,
reflects history
and evolution.

Organs standing in for our entire
apparatus,
so fragile
– wet ware– it’s now called, yet
so tenacious.

In my mind’s eye
I see myself looking
into your
eyes, filling mine.

Opthalmos,
does not carry this vocabulary.
Opthalmos.

11.11.10

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Enough…

Enough millions
Enough billions
Enough weapons
Enough gallons

Enough money
Enough candy
Enough shiny
Enough security

Enough cheese
Enough channels
Enough chips
Enough…

Enough steak
Enough sexy
Enough sizzle
Enough safety

Enough…
Enough troops
Enough…
Enough cup-holders

Enough fun
Enough hate
Enough fear
Enough pain

Enough pancakes
Enough pie
Enough cake
Enough donuts

Enough…
Enough…
Enough…
Enough everything.
But…
Not enough balance
Not enough Proportion
Not enough humility
Not enough perspective

Enough…
Enough…
Enough…
Enough…

01.19.10

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