one hundred and thirty-nine

for John Cage

this hexagram has an antenna for a mouth
and the willingness to be pleasantly surprised
I maintain an inevitability
so I can make mistakes
to contradict myself
one for the piano one for the violin
as for the assailants of this work
I address your admirations with silence
choose any two of them
between half sleeping or half waking
and as softly as possible
without lifting a finger
pound the rice

Dave Brinks
from his book Caveat Onus: Meditations
Black Widow Press, 2009

used with permission of the poet

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