Jessica Danielle Morrris


Ether Frolics - Poem by Jessica Danielle Morrris

Once upon a time,
there was an imaginary substance
thought to pervade space.
It evaporated up though.
Fickle, flighty, and explosive.
Volatilely colorless,
it provided a cure.
A somatic solute,
a solvent that dissolves any ache.
Breathe it in and ride it out,
then shiver and shake
in all the tremulations upon the ether.
A bit closer to heaven the words don’t make sense,
but all the pretty lights do.
They shimmer and swirl,
play tricks as your brain unfurls and bleeds.
The next day the tricks don’t go away.
You’ve seen the world through someone bigger’s eyes.
Been on top of your world but beneath an artifice globe,
gained Adam’s gallery of garden,
grabbed a grain of grace,
grazed on a grassland ruse that makes all the plants look fake.
The clouds look like casserole cake
baked by the sun like marshmallow cottonballs
on the roof of a sweet potato soufflé.
The lofty treetops shake in the winds of a drug
dancing a tryst.
An ether frolic financed by a friendly chemical,
fed to your brain, garnishing reality.
Risk the trip and bet the wager.
Deception’s gamble.
Breathe it in, ride it out.


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 13, 2009



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