‘along the happenstance of thought’ by phillipe chatelain

along the happenstance of thought

do thoughts drown while asleep
like a shark in place! the light doesn’t reach
them completely. they float

in a sunken current and send
no messages via satellite. they weigh
above the shoulder, between ears,

under glass screens that conserve no mass,
no matter how much is transferred.
they’ve stopped sinking,

but only to my distant eyes that
don’t reach the other “side” of a black hole.
an epicenter no eyes can reach

but you’re still escaping,

awake in a trench
not helpless but below the law
of what hangs crookedly at the height of stone.

despite the lapping
at the edge that drags and deforms,
all is accepted with a kiddish skip

along rigid edges without any corners.
you build your map in this sand with no large cities
and it’s washed away…
so we stood there watching so much of ourselves disappear.

Phillipe M. Chatelain is a poet from the Bronx, New York. He is a recent graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. His first chapbook entitled taking shots alone has been independently released and available for free here. He is Managing Editor of In Parentheses Literary Magazine.

'taking shots alone' by p chatelain (photo by l chen)
‘taking shots alone’ by p chatelain (photo by l chen)

Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

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