Poem: Alasdair Gray © 2005


Observe this unit, gentlemen, which
(for want of a better word)
I call a self.
It consists of an envelope enclosed by a void
and enclosing a void
and lined inside and out with nothing but eyes
most of which are shut.
Note that the void enclosing the self
also encloses many other selves
each enclosing a void of its own, which
(in order to differentiate) I call an abyss.

Selves can be split into two kinds: solitary and binary.
The self under consideration is solitary.
They can be split into two other kinds: erratic and static.
The self under consideration is erratic.
the enclosed abyss feels threatened by the enclosing void,
thus since its genesis our self has attempted union
with a succession of markedly static selves
in an attempt to join its abyss to theirs
by turning binary.
On every occasion it has failed to achieve collision
through clever footwork on the part of the static selves
(who were never quite as static as they seemed);
also because our self is so erratic
that its trajectory is usually wide of the remark;
also because our self tends to switch
into another field of attraction
......................................the moment before collision.

(Collisions can be painful.)

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