Feast

alimentary kids

M
ete the meat,
meet the meal.
Masticate.
Roll the bolus
forward
from the olfactory
gustation, gas fumes
loom, wheting zest
[the basal nasal bulb,
a reptilian hub]:
digestive zeal—
sour salted bitter-
better, savory sweet.
Nutrient fruition
follows deglutition.
It’s alimentary.

*[ WSB ].

Spoiler Alert: “The Masks” Closing Narration

Twilight Zone the masks

“The Masks” was directed by Ida Lupino, who stars in the first-season episode “The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine”: the only woman to direct an original episode of The Twilight Zone.

M
ardi Gras incident,
the dramatis personae: four people celebratory,
letting themselves go.
This they did with a vengeance;
now wearing faces twisted from inside—
for the rest of their lives,
lives spent in the shadow:
tonight’s tale of men,
the macabre and masks,
justice meted
in the Twilight Zone.

*[ WSB ].

Order by Storm

V
olatile sky god
of stormy disposition
marshals asteroids
and casts planetary stock—
ruins between gas and rock.

*[ WSB ].

Jupiter

Version: NASA

Binary

Binary Star

B
inary
star barycentered
by parry,
one shrinks as the other grows
from the Roche lobe overflow.

*[ WSB ].

5b Fall Out

5b

L
argest piece of space debris
falling uncontrollably,
hisses Indian Ocean
misses all but the fishes.

*[ WSB ].

Chimanimani Park

C
himanimani peaks
in Mozambique
feature glyphs in the rifts:
dance of the Sans.
Across mountain and meadow
glide ancestral shadows
as conservationist
save the wilderness
in a new park
framed by morning mist
and glimmering dark.

Chimanimani

Version: Photograph by Jen Guyton for NY Times | Ana Gledis da Conceição examines a Welwitsch’s bat (Myotis welwitschii)

*[ WSB ].

Haughty Ballroom

flamingo

A
   promenade across the room
pink flamingos vie for a groom.
Black beak oblique, stockings yellow,
this is how she wins her fellow.

*[ WSB ].

Math Reason

sliderule

S
enses are inadequate
for what occurs;
the sun sets
five minutes after
the curvature.
To document dynamic
reality without static
requires mathematics—
Verisimilitude
with a slide rule.

*[ WSB ].

Flannery

Flannery

Version: Flannery O’Connor in the driveway at Andalusia, 1962. Photo: AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Joe McTyre