In the ankles Of lonely walks, in the upward held collar of coat, In the unpressed trousers Of earth and wind, in the vacuum of chance, in the Defeated, the weary, the plagiarized origami of angels, ~ It started small: The hallucination of gas giants, The dexterous poetry of the late twenty-fourth century, The refusal to retreat into the priority of self. Tangled up with time, void ready, Alive to the heather of electromagnetic fuzz. ~ The city curls in on itself And you with it. Going forward, There will be lines and metaphors, But no words. ~ Like a stack of bricks A few years into Laying on the ground, Like the waffle maker You hate to clean, Speech is playing the odds.