From the morning

 

Different ways of looking at the sound that the wooden boards of the floor make in the morning when you step out of your bed to start the day.

 

i

 

The crack sounds painful. Your floorboard is a dying man

on which arm you stepped. You snapped his bone.

It was an accident, and you’re terrified.

But you deserve the shock, the impossible shock,

because you hurt it, whatever it was,

because you broke something.

 

You shouldn’t have moved.

You cracked it because you existed. And it was still dark,

and you didn’t really want to,

didn’t really mean to.

 

ii

 

The crack sounds painful. Good morning!

You prevailed on the world. Your floorboard is one

of the infinite mysterious fibers of reality, and You,

You played it like the string of a harp, and it replied,

melodic. You are its master, you the creator.

The foot commands, the wood obeys.

 

You’re about to eat the day raw,

You are the lion and it’s your gazelle.

 

iii

 

The crack sounds painful. There’s a degree of necessary violence

in every beginning. Your day is hatching.

 

Very well then, let’s let it all crack

 

it’s still early and the violence

 

still innocent