The Vicarious Tightrope

This is a poem that was inspired by an illustration from the New York Times ARTS AND LEISURE section, March 1 2015.  The illustration (by Alessandro Grassani) shows a man walking an invisible path, spanning a mountain range.

I am intrigued by the ‘bleed through’ images that occur as I read a reed-thin paper medium like newspaper.  Here we see a ghostly image of Sarah Goldberg from the following page.  You can see her face as an ephemeral image hovering on the left, just above the mountain peak.

For this poem I took extra care with the imaging.  I edited and re-scanned the image to get just the right feel I wanted, then typed over it.

Large thanks to the New York Times for your continued inspiration in both your writing/editing, and in your tactile facility.  ~TH~

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The Vicarious Tightrope

The Vicarious Tightrope


A new landscape presents itself upon waking.

Places that were dreams drift outward.

Past becomes present; stars earth; flight, a grounded stride.

I might assess these thoughts as if I have a choice –

as if I might climb back into slumber; reestablish a cloud,

reshape a fog already escaping.

Thoughts of coffee with cream creep in,

old latticework mends itself even as I try to stop it.

“Reality, it’s not for me, and it makes me laugh.” Ha.

FUCK IT.  May as well shower and get on with it.

Yet along the drive, my mind keeps wandering…

Will I ever catch that dream again?


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