The City is Missing Where rose quartz waters rippled I imagined the things I admired awakening as slowly as seed cases splitting. I raised my eyes I could not see the street. Where you were, where I always knew I could go and find you, had been replaced by a harmony of the dawn that was like ruts and scratched cliffs and meaningless zigzags in a poorly plastered ceiling. If I could pull off all memory like a shirt, huge and watery like eyes demanding the righting of a bay of upside down fish, I might see the scene, unexpected as a knock on the door, for what it is, blackened pepper rubbed into the tenderloin of an alien dislocated by all our yesterdays, swimming in a sea on Enceladus, staring blankly at pre Cambrian petroglyphs, snared and filleted by devious devices, and if you return from the great casting off, I will follow you as far as the Southwestern Effervescence as far as the Cataracts of Cimmaron, but no further, but there I must turn back, for if I stray further I will surely lose my way. 4' 33" of silence after John Cage, American composer The first movement was the wings of the wind whispering in the trees. Second movement staccato raindrop metronome drip factory creating countless beats cascading from eaves. The third movement the irritated murmurs of listeners, whose words were the music they didn't want to be hearing, making the music they did not want to be music in passages that were the cessation of listening, the music of things that were not things, the arrested vibrations of absolutely frozen ice, whose coldness was a frigidity neither of the heart nor of the fingertips, an opus in a universe where all art is subtraction from frostbite, where the space between is given voice and takes flight.
Charlie Rose lives in the Boston area and has featured at Stone Soup and read on the open mic at the Cantab lounge. He has poems published by Amethyst and Arsenic online journal, and he has participated in the Brighton Word Factory writing group and the DIY MFA. He has also written a steam punk epic poem called Coin of the Realm.