In and Out of Time

                   Where unassisted eyes fall short, facts on the ground assemble into the future at unknown chemical speeds. The extra-temporal afternoon exists in living indivisibility that humbles the current definitions of self.

            The hour grows into a long time for a gnat or a person counting the seconds from one outbreak of hunger to the next. A few dead bolts on fire doors may not have purposes other than shielding a child from burning shame or frozen hope.

            It turns out intentional ignorance almost feels like belief. New information will be autonomously deflected by identity trying to survive. It’s identity that talks over 90% of the film.

            A person heavily invested in identity may always want to be seen. At the extreme, the door will be locked and the question instantly asked, Are you one of us?

            The vast experiment of the cells makes us related. Day climbs out of the future underground history near a few billion hammers pounding in the massive coliseum of ideas.

            The sky inhales what memory sews into what never happened rocking on its wild galactic wave where old-growth trees vote in absentia. The day culls over smoothed bones that kept time from the root of what hopes in the cells.


James Grabill

About James Grabill

James Grabill’s poems have appeared in numerous periodicals such as The Oxonian Review (UK), Stand (UK), Magma (UK), Toronto Quarterly (CAN), Harvard Review (US), Terrain (US), Seneca Review (US), Urthona (UK), kayak (US), Plumwood Mountain (AUS), Caliban (US), Spittoon (US), Weber: The Contemporary West (US), The Common Review (US), and Buddhist Poetry Review (US). His books include Poem Rising Out of the James Grabill’s recent work is online at the Buddhist Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Terrain, Urthona (UK), Shenandoah, The Oxonian Review (UK), Stand (UK), East West Journal, The Common Review, Toronto Quarterly, Elohi Gadugi, Oxonian Review (UK), Plumwood Mountain (AUS), Caliban, Spittoon, Weber: The Contemporary West, and many others. His books include Poem Rising Out of the Earth (1994) and An Indigo Scent after the Rain (2003), both from Lynx House Press. Wordcraft of Oregon has published his new project of environmental prose poems, Sea-Level Nerve: Book One, 2014 (available online -, Book Two, 2015 (now available). A long-time Oregon resident, he teaches 'systems thinking' and global issues relative to sustainability.
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