June 6

June 6

“I have seen Roivas”, I say.

“Could you see his face?”

“No.”

“Then how do you know it was he?”

“Because the birds were pecking his eyes.”

“What makes you think anyone will understand that?” Joseph  asks.

“I don’t worry about that.”

“You are playing high and mighty.”

“I am telling the truth.  Man has been corrupted by his symbols.  Language has killed his animal.”

“And you are resurrecting it?”

“No.  It has never had an opportunity to live.”

“What will you do about it?”

“I shall continue to ask How?”

“How to what?”

“To the strange, unborn thing which is in all men.”

“You’ll be easy picking for the scoffers.”

“I have no interest in that.  I see men engaged in activities that would shame a grub under a rock.  Their codes and ambitions leave me sick with disgust.”

“You’d like to try your hand at being God.”

“I’d like to try my hand at being.”

from The Journal of Albion Moonlight

© Kenneth Patchen 1941


One Response to “June 6”

  1. Brilliant!!!!

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