Mind Games

One of Those Days


The Atlas of the World
Outside the mind

But more than that
More than just maps and histories

The Atlas of the World as if
It were made for you
And you remake it every third or fourth hour

With time off for good behavior

An explosion of mirth overtakes the symphony
Then ideal pain
And ideal questions
An onslaught of daring never imagined

Before or since

A judgment day
A carnival
A tent for their tropes
Their troops of artists and saints

Your sinister rodeo

The eleventh dimensional map unfurled
Like a catastrophe on the boulevard
Before the barricades go up
Before Paris is ripe

Or Prague sees a new Spring



— by Douglas Pinson


Mind Games
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