Selections from "Symphony No. 12"

(formation of the labyrinth)





A day of knots


in this molecular design

a labyrinth unnamed

agitated hemispheres

and days absorbed

by hours

slowly transforming

this space

into another landscape





Now a small ocean


as one sees

in dreams

the curve

of the horizon

symbolically returning

to outline

the shape of windows

the shape of the sky

and of the mirror


before eyes are open

and flesh returns

to dust





And sometimes

an oracular  ghost

passes this window

forging a link

with what is known

in Newtonian physics

as an inaccessible past

with the equally intractable

quanta of ontological prescience





These are the equations

which are sought to unlock

the epistemology of rooms

where sunlight cycles through

the numerical significance

of days passing

through the hourglass aperture

and landscapes

where steep grades descend

incense spirals in columns

dissipating within

an archeology

of former lives

lived in transit

between opposing forces

reduced to decay

and an elemental breath

which spontaneously evolved





To have comprehended this

in states of waking

and unconscious sleep


from a passing wake

of a ship unseen

oceanic tides

which split the atom

eschatologies forged

from painted deities

ontological debris

buried in cellular mutations
or the image

of a simple line


night from day



Ric Carfagna

Ric Carfagna was born and educated in Boston Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 published by White Sky Books. His poetry has evolved from the early radical experiments of his first two books, Confluential Trajectories and Porchcat Nadir, to the unsettling existential mosaics of his multi-book project Notes On NonExistence.

Ric lives in rural central Massachusetts with his wife, cellist Mary Carfagna and daughters, Emilia and Aria.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 21:45