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Inadequate Sign



The mechanism for securing or scouring data
is the basis of sequential processing, of life,
is how we model intent from inadequate sign,
cataloging the discoveries of ego, the inventions of desire,
the application of lore acquired long before,
assimilated in the service of inquiry.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ingenuity!

My strongest influences are my earlier selves.
I'm not quite done with them.

The excessively-used, the new—I lay claim to all of it,
a lifetime replete with wonders and horrors,
will need all of it to make sense.

How essential is personality?
Is it just a tool, a convenience, a comfort?

Is seeking to side-step or dismiss the illusion
movement toward or away from sanity?

At a certain age one develops a sixth sense for entropy;
it becomes as personal and inescapable as vision in youth,
every perception of the world is filtered through it
and comes out drained.

There may come a time when you've seen everything
and just not registered it consciously; going forward,
every discovery may be a memory.

I shall always kiss the blasphemous face:
what is precious can withstand any assault
but violence; what is not
I don't want.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.