There’s so much advice
in the world, such as: if you’re feeling
very low, put on a suit
or shawl collar pullover for an elegance
bonus, or focus on something
that can make you money like being funny
while playing video games
or being a figure of aspiration
on a small screen. Attention
is the purest economy we have.
What is control, Lord?
When I post a perfectly centered
and color adjusted photo
of a snail on a wall, I wait
for the gold burst behind my eyes
when the likes roll in. The snail doesn’t
know this. It wouldn’t know
how to care. It slides on,
never having been made
in any real way, never knowing
even the charge between those of us
right now making this a poem.