The Pacific Trash Vortex
There’s an 18 minute video about a shopping bag
on a Ulysses quest of self.
I’ve seen it a few times now.
A grocery variety bag, now an internet star
questing a field at knee angle
then wind launched
it lobes along a stubble track
and a deserted road
like a paper kite searching its maker
in its simple American Beauty.
It prates anonymously a moment among horses
wraps itself onto a statue
but after a brief struggle manages to flee
like a circle circus it grizzles and
on the immortality of plastic
via Herzog as Omniscient narrator.
How many stunt bags were used
Warner, for this pop star bag
to navigate the wind a dozen times?
What are its Signs of Life
as the white Wastec Truck delivers it to the
Wasteland of plastic junk,
only to be later pushed
into the pacific trash vortex
and eaten by monsters hiding
in a scatter field of Teutonic debris?
In 6 years this little traveling baggy
will turn and churn into a pelagic soup
wind driven currents sucking it
into horse latitudes
where the whale music is already trapped
Sometimes late at night
A black underworld does its biding
Drawing me into a
slow slow drift from bed’s thick forest
I am soaked in sweat
By this evening of fur sighs
Growled visions from
shape shifting anxiety
Memory is encoded
in bear spit there
The slather of probe tongue
Leaving acid markers as totem
It wasn’t the mystic dancer
on the Delhi Road
But we used to see them
hustle across the tar bled road
In late August
Large Skulking spirits
shaking the shadow roads alive
With X ray drama glistening nostrils
In dark geography
These blind sniffs,
Twilight grunts and growl hungers
Rip through Obfuscated darkness
And reach Behind trailer thin walls
where I sleep this nightmare again.
Denis Robillard was born in Northern Ontario and now teaches high school in Windsor, CANADA. For the past 15 years several of his poems have appeared 90 times in the small presses and on line magazines across Canada, The USA, England and Scotland. Some of those include: Rattle, Rampike, Word Riot, Nashwaak Review, Algoma Ink, Cliff Soundings (Michigan), Sidereality, Orange Room Review, Dogzplot Magazine, Dusty Owl, Dufus and many more. In 2011 Robillard was published in Windsor Review, Bolts of Silk and Ottawa Arts Review. He is an avid photographer and traveler. You may see his article work on occasion in the pages of Hey Philippines Magazine.