Green Tea, or the Rise and Fall of Levity
First, a scintillating flash.
Then, the birth of an illusion,
a new and intense perception of life,
an astral Epistrophy of real gone notes.
I feel like part of an ambient still life
in the garden of good and evil
in the night-time, in the midsummer.
My face has the bizarre impulse to smile.
I want to go down on Beauty and taste her jelly roll
in some glorious saturnalian nose-dive.
I want to strive for a higher meaning,
but I could settle for some sex with a deft lover.
Ceasing the ‘presentation of self,’
underplaying any expressions of wealth,
capacity, spiritual strength, or self-respect,
rejecting our streamlined American culture,
coming up for air.
I wish I were walking with Franz Kafka
through the rye fields of Bohemia
shortly before his death,
discussing Die Verwandlung.
An alphabetically arranged menagerie
and Penguin Shakespeare’s strange legacy
(Tiny simulacra of something sacred.)
‘Nomads, they would come during a thunderstorm.’
Visine is critical when watching god.
Finally, gravity’s slingshot Volta:
The Moon wears a ceremonial gown.
I wish I was in heaven sitting down.
Once you saw the ivy
on the ivory tower
you never stopped climbing
that scandent, social vine,
pretending not to feel
the briars, nettles, and thorns
that incessantly pricked you.
I found you sunbathing
with a towel around your neck
in the sauna land of the fanatic
spending to look beautiful
in abundance of the swing.
You had a new haircut,
a strictly business bob,
spiked for a nice change
like those two ice teas
you ordered back-to-back
from the poolside bar-back.
I closed the tabs in the window,
opened up a new page,
drew the curtains on the wall
on a fresh sheet of paper,
licked the envelope, and pressed play.
A little man in a large suit
spoke at a podium
in front of a gathering crowd.
He coughed and then paused,
while I got myself some hummus
I had prepped the previous night.
Laughing, he resumed his statement
on some current affair
he’d been hiding for months
in a Swiss bank account.
A gorgeous girl popped up—
all flash animation
and airbrushed perfection—
and asked me if I were lonely.
Of course I am lonely.
I clicked back to something
I’d been thinking about
when everyone was here.
I disdain idle words
and go about aloof
like Diogenes abroad.
We had breakfast at Ray’s:
Bloody Marys and limes,
calamari and clams.
You talked about Thailand
like it came in a dream;
you were teaching English
by the Andaman Sea;
we would entertain friends
in Seoul or Tokyo.
You want to see Einstein’s Attic
and pick out a red dress to wear.
We could visit Oppenheimer’s Closet
and find you a fur stole to match.
Later, you went to the strand,
wearing your big beach hat
and sang « Sur la plage abandonnée »
sotto voce con vibrato
While riding in the car
on a dry afternoon
in the Sierra Nevada,
you stuck a finger in your ear
and then started to laugh,
as you stared upon Donner Lake
shaping the long highway
down to Death Valley.
I agree. The Moon does look lonesome shining through the trees.
Her light sketches silhouettes of the cypress cymbals,
which sway slowly to the bassy basement swing.
Their branches hack through the air like a thousand ceiling fans
ventilating starless corridors, stirring the soup.
Relativity slows time to a halt, while the frame moves at the speed of light.
Single-reed winds wine and moan through the Mixolydian woods.
The shuffled footprints on the sidewalk are cartoonish.
Shoes paired by their laces dangle from the telephone wires.
Budding life glows green in the late night.
A brown-eyed, freckle-faced girl pulls her rampant umber hair to one side,
sifting her sickle fingers through thin, satin strands
conversing chaotically in uncalculated contrafact.
She tips a cracked teacup to her quivering lips.
Her porcelain teeth snare chatter as she smiles.
Insects drone their midnight raga.
In the distance, Lonesome Katy rumbles and blows.
She’s gotta keep on moving; she’s gotta get back on time.
At dawn, blue jays will trill pianoforte.
Willow, weep for someone else tonight.
Adam Eberly was born in captivity. He graduated from Kent State University with a great degree of debt. He once lived as a vagabond. He holds a job like water in the palm of his hand. He currently lives by the river and has a sinus infection.