4 visual poems by Alana Kelley
People touch all the time and never talk about it. It is a normal enough thing. To talk about intimacy is to be intimate and that cannot abide. Long ago an entire country was created, designed to be distant. From one shore to another shore the people who settled opted out of usual signs of affection, letting their homes rest further and further away from roads. Re-named “rugged individualism” the way that it came about was due to all that space, more space than anybody could know what to do with, so they tried to tame the space. Highways were established to give it some form but the lines were nonsensical weaving about with great urgency.
A bed usually invites a person over. Easily the most intimate piece of furniture, a bed sometimes hosts more than one person. To make it without a bed can be a struggle. Many are unable to fully adhere to a fully bed-less lifestyle. Sleeping on the couch, sleeping on the floor, and sleeping beneath the stars all serve as nice substitutes for a bed. Not all are equal. Lots of discomfort may be necessary but they are all completely worth it. Life with a bed is one that fully embraces the comforts of the world, to surrender to feeling better in a purely physical way.
Windows are the poor man’s door. Nobody has a purely windowed existence. The purpose of a window is to see the world in a physical yet distant way. Urgency simply does not exist with a window. Few ever feel compelled to do anything based off what they see through glass. Life without glass is one that can be quite opaque. Homes, offices, they possess these windows so people might remember if only for a moment what the outside world can be like.
The world wants people to be together that is what it likes. People tend to agree. Communities are formed with varying degrees of being closely knit. Not every community possesses such great knitters for it is a true skill that takes years to fully develop. Pining for a person is more than merely being a tree. It means that a relationship has given two people new life. By opting for such a world a person can suddenly realize they are more than themselves, they are becoming one with another. Moving out of one’s mind may increase the rent but the proximity to something new makes it more than worth the trouble.