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Fear of Blamelessness

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 1, 2013
pp. 179-180 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0026

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Because the odds have been winning
the gods must be against us. But what if
we changed what we wanted? What if
we started betting against the dice and
you played the role of a regular person,
and I played the part of the average guy?
We’d lull them into neglect and heighten
their drunken urges toward distraction.
We’d need only to expunge all hope
and ignore the scent of your honest path
through the grass. To spark the engine
of your cellular multiplier, we’d need only
to quit all the images of you, blown up
a thousandfold and tacked like stars all over
the dark walls of the future. There, three seeds
implanted, a constellation of singular thought
impregnated the measureless void.
Only our fears could sustain these dark-matter
needs. Forgive us. If we are to meet,
we must forget all about you and make of you
a stranger. I must unknow the person
such as you will become on your first birthday.
As your mother leaves the room to look for candles,
I loft you into the air. You are suspended
by wonderment as if by ether. You float
in space, your body weightless at the apex,
limbs spanning out, tethered only to a moment
of joy and fear, before you descend back
into my hands. No one will be watching but
you. And this, but one possibility among
the multitude of heaven. I must admit that
we are utterly alone and forgettable. Still, I want
to feel that some mastermind in a robe of cloud
has set it all into action. I want to be told
that it is first our dreaming and then our longing
that destroys. I want someone to show me
how to grow old alone and how to empty to exist.
Someone to blame and confront, someone to show
me the ocean to pour my longing into. And this
is the unmanifest, the wake you leave, dark
nautilus, the ripples of anti-being coming ashore.
This is what we make of that other world.

Copyright © 2013 The Curators of the University of Missouri
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Darren Morris. "Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness." The Missouri Review 36.1 (2013): 173-180. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Morris, D.(2013). Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness. The Missouri Review 36(1), 173-180. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Darren Morris. "Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness." The Missouri Review 36, no. 1 (2013): 173-180. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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