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This Universal Contraption, and: Indigo Bunting
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This Universal Contraption

Let’s think about this universal contraption
of wheels, rings, shooting stars, black holes,
red and white dwarfs, and the persistent note
of B-flat that issues from a black hole
in the Perseus galaxy and is fifty-seven
reverberant octaves below middle C
(clearly, the human ear cannot hear it).
A Rube Goldberg creation, and made mostly
of dark matter or dark energy,
neither of which can the human eye see.
Other senses? Our noses are pretty much useless,
as any dog can tell you. Taste? To lick
or not to lick: that is the question and
it is an easy one to answer. Therefore,
what can touch teach us about the whole
kit and caboodle? The scientists say that dark
matter and dark energy are in
us, move through us as we through both, and yet
and probably forever feel it not.
I like to think that after we die and return
to stardust (whence we came), we’ll shrug off the weight
of light-years, slide steel blades on our shoes,
and lean headfirst into space-time, our faces
braving the cold solar air as we skate
the sideways crazy 8 of infinity.

Indigo Bunting

A shy fellow, despite his stunning plumage
Of Caribbean blue, and might his song
Be lightly inflected by a Jamaican accent?
A tinct of reggae?

  He favors the liminal
But can be coaxed to partake of dinner at the feeder
Although a moving shadow will scare him off.
Therefore, do not move while he is dining.

That blue—as if he carries the Atlantic Ocean
On his back. As if coffee plantations call
To him. As if the sky through which he sails
Reflects the calm or rampant sea, a mirror
Image, a blue as deep as history.

Kelly Cherry  

Kelly Cherry published her twenty-first book and ninth full-length collection of poems, The Life and Death of Poetry , in March 2013. The most recent of her nine chapbooks is Vectors .

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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Kelly Cherry. "This Universal Contraption, and: Indigo Bunting." Southern Review 49.4 (2013): 623-624. Project MUSE. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Cherry, K.(2013). This Universal Contraption, and: Indigo Bunting. Southern Review 49(4), 623-624. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Kelly Cherry. "This Universal Contraption, and: Indigo Bunting." Southern Review 49, no. 4 (2013): 623-624. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed October 10, 2013).
T1 - This Universal Contraption, and: Indigo Bunting
A1 - Kelly Cherry
JF - Southern Review
VL - 49
IS - 4
SP - 623
EP - 624
PY - 2013
PB - Louisiana State University Press
SN - 2168-5541
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_review/v049/49.4.cherry.html
N1 - Volume 49, Number 4, Autumn 2013
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