Instructions for Performance of “The Anchor of the Flowers (a Surrealist Drama)”

surrealist play | collage poem

Poem for Greek Chorus

CHORUS A & B:

unto the bubbling spring
with typhus fever
after the termination
of the true form
in which it is proposed
carcasses have come from
fever blisters/cold sores
then joined in importance
the initiatives of things
to keep in mind when moving wind

CHORUS A:
do you have any clothes
bed linens you can share

CHORUS B:
even if they will not move
the way you want –
not fast enough to multiply?

CHORUS A:
one head in the bed
two shoes on the floor

CHORUS B:
the clouds know
what they’re doing

CHORUS A & B:
everything is sugared water
we have had enough of burning with contrast
we let go of teeth
in addition to
self-limiting
passages
secondary to the bacteria

CHORUS A:
I should have known
you’d turn to me and say

CHORUS B:
would you be so kind as to
turn me into the camera?

CHORUS A:
in addition to
the same intense desire to relieve

CHORUS B:
relying on EVE
like a spirit
rejoicing in
the epidemic

CHORUS A:
like the flippers
badly damaged in a disaster

CHORUS B:
like the kickboards
cracked in half

CHORUS A:
like a starting point for
a soon-to-be-moving
moving image

CHORUS B:
like a moving image of
a perpetually moving starting line

CHORUS A & B:
starting only to end
opening only to close
most agree that
acute sinusitis lasts a while
and you might have a bright red nose
by the time you feel better

CHORUS A:
you may have to
beat back the earth in waves
to clear a way for the grasshopper
and prosper

CHORUS B:
you may have the option
to screen for natural hazards

CHORUS A&B:
[humming the latest song
playing on the radio]

CHORUS A:
we talk of things
set in stone

CHORUS B:
like never getting over
persisting oral herpes

CHORUS A&B
we have surfed
fluid-filled
our whole lives
offered
puzzle pieces
of such unprecedented scale
demanding reflection and
evacuation
into
the cabin
where a rodent control expert
procures you your
shovels
and a midwife
your chills
during or after miscarriage

CHORUS A:
ye have been so long away
things can go wrong
April

CHORUS B:
you may have symptoms
coupled with more black pins
and lane pains

CHORUS A:
each repetition
a gate

CHORUS B:
an incisional
bulge

CHORUS A&B:
in the
flooded area
where the earth is
water beneath the
cities

CHORUS A:
to exact
a predicted wish

CHORUS B:
to obliterate
7 acres

CHORUS A&B:
to discover
the magic
on or after
your fifth dose of IPV

CHORUS A:
moving the ark
in a more modern way

CHORUS B:
will not bring
a better class of renter

CHORUS A&B:
our time is up
our time is one without
visible injury
to the heart
you need to hold on to them
these things that will
creep under your skin and

CHORUS A:
see your doctor

CHORUS B:
transmit the virus
back and forth
between humans

CHORUS A:
see your doctor

CHORUS B:
get rid of
a head cold
without medicine

CHORUS A:
see your doctor

CHORUS B:
pack his moving truck
full to the brim,
but not have anywhere
to unload his belongings

CHORUS A:
if you must walk
in a flooded area

CHORUS B:
do not mention fire

CHORUS A:
if you see
horses or cattle
with their feet in pain

CHORUS B:
do not think
they are necessarily
closely related to each other

CHORUS A:
if the nunchuck
is not working as you expected

CHORUS B:
try blowing into
the nunchuck

CHORUS A:
search for syrup

CHORUS B:
honey

CHORUS A:
jelly

CHORUS B:
meat

CHORUS A:
take refuge
in elevators

CHORUS B:
in moving rock

CHORUS A&B:
moving at the time
of the relevant event

CHORUS A:
you check the background
of clarity

CHORUS B:
for charity

CHORUS A&B:
For chariots!
You save a country!
Will there be any scars?
CAESAR
a small scar like from a scratch
can develop simply then fade
or
continue on by complication
to grow
unrestrained

CHORUS A:
it is now time

CHORUS B:
it is now time

CHORUS A&B:
it is now time
for us to
start to go up a hill
feeling
unusually cold

CHORUS A:
searching for

CHORUS B:
searching for

CHORUS A&B:
searching for
a god to bring down

CHORUS A:
on ourselves

CHORUS B:
on ourselves

CHORUS A&B:
on to ourselves