Domain & Range

November 26, 2018

by Eric Chaet

My domain is a lonely, daunted point
but my range is a line whose other end is undefined.

My domain is a line I plod on back & forth
but my range is a surface
tilting left, right, up, down, diagonally
now chaotic waves & storms, now rhythmic & harmonious.

My domain is the surface my neighbors & rivals,
predators, parasites, & those who care for me
briefly or for years or more
see, & believe that’s me—
but beneath the surface I’m surging:
molten, rare, dense, magnetic, more or less—
even I don’t know how deep I go.

People treat one another as tho they’re their domains—
but I see thru their shells—&, til I die, I’m ranging.

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Gandhi & Chance

November 25, 2018

by Eric Chaet

Gandhi weighed less than 100 pounds
when I was born
wore garment round lower vitals
of cloth he’d spun
while thinking how to move people
thru slag of inert idea & outrage
with song & firm step
along dusty roads in hot suns
taking chances among desperate unknowns.

By chance
I found out about him
& delved into his doings
3rd floor downtown Chicago Public Library
traffic blaring thru Prudential Building shadow
under flocks of Grant Park pigeons
years after his death
& still his focused life drives me

tho he’s dead
& Woody Guthrie’s dead
& several unknowns of the species
I’ve encountered
who’ve died many times since myself
& live to testify.

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I Imagine I Have an Audience

November 25, 2018

by Eric Chaet

I imagine I have an audience
tho many times it seems no one is paying attention to me
& many times it seems to me I have nothing of value to tell anyone
& I’m tempted just to distill some of others’ cleverness
& pass it along as my own
so that people will tell me how wonderful I am
tho I’d be just a moon reflecting some sun’s light.

But I imagine I have an audience.
I imagine that what I am saying will have effects
good or bad, wise or unwise, trivial or profound.

I imagine I have an audience
composed of people a lot or a little like I am & have been & will be
& also very or a little different from who I am & have been & will be.

I imagine I have an audience who judge for themselves
what is useful, what not, of what I say
what is completely correct, partially correct, or false, or foolish
who discard this, incorporate that, for use
as I have figured it out & expressed it
or modified, customized for their own use
as a result of which they survive, thrive, achieve
with more or less frustration, suffering, grace
or actual or apparent failure, or false or true success.

I imagine that they’ll have a powerful effect
on the agenda & destiny of the human species.
I imagine I have an audience.

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