Spring Taxonomy of Pain


A taxonomy of pain

trailing the wake

of otherness’ vessel

unraveling its lines

on parched

loss of dwelling


Rules, criteria

methods and samples


in a currency

of blues and lament

its circulation

blasted on the differential

of muscle, tool and scepter


Bloated specimens

unmoored and afloat

where a convergent horizon

holds together the future

present and the past

entangled twin tears

triple pangs of inertia

as Spring bursts forth:

a thud in the heart of your belly

a flash the eye of your  wound.


Pina Piccolo, 22 March 2021. Dispatch #2, following Ferlinghetti’s advice.