“Three Scenes from My Life this Past Month” by David Alexander Craig

1.

Every face that could exist does exist.

Out there. Somewhere amongst the billions. Seems plausible.

But how long has this been the case for human beings as such?

Did we at a certain historical moment pass

a threshold whereby all possible faces

were from then on in existence?

And hence, I think we should ask: what prehistoric meanings

are packed into human faces today?

 

2.

Half romantic gesture,

half because I needed to get out of the car and rest my legs,

I found myself at the airport,

watching people stream from a passageway,

which was marked, from my side: ‘no entry.’

She’d just landed, and I was there to get her.

 

3.

Found ‘er at the bottom of the speedway,

was told it happened to be her birthday.

Without a glove I cautioned to touch her,

then used my instant hand sanitizer.

Took her rags and things into my beamer,

to deliver her to a colony of lepers.

But when she smiled my heart was a geyser,

of the purest instant hand sanitizer.

 

Posted September 30th, 2011

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3 Responses to “Three Scenes from My Life this Past Month” by David Alexander Craig

  1. Pingback: New Story and New Poem Posted: Emma Reed Jones and David Alexander Craig | Newhandsweepstakes

  2. Brian McElmurry says:

    1. I liked this. Seemed kind of like physics and alternative universes because the stats say it could be. And the idea of mixing of races/cultures, how it’s always happening. Very mathmatical on possiblity and the limitless of.
    2. Seems most personnal b/c the act of picking up someone at the airport is so symbolic of the importance of relationship (you only pick up/drop off people you really really like; unless they’re visiting you), but the second line of stretching your legs makes it seem like something you need to do, but something that isn’t highly emotionally invested. 4th and 5th line with the “passageway” and “no entry” show that, nothing will comes of this. It will go no where. Other than “to getting her” (sex, laughs), which, the reader doesn’t quite notice at first, but after reading more sees deeply.
    3. This reminds me of one of your songs from your just made album. I can see you singing it with acoustic guitar, with your smile and held in laugh at points. It is absurdist and joky, but also follows the same themes of 1 and 2 about connections with people in ways, I believe, chance meetings, situations in life. The codependent issues in me see this as kind of the desire of men to have fun/laughs/adventure/drinks/sex with a sexual partner and the desire to not be held down in monogamous relations, but also the contradicting desire to look after your sexual partner. These lines, “Without a glove I cautioned to touch her / then used my instant hand sanitizer / Took her rags and things into my beamer / to deliver her to a colony of lepers.” The beamer, sweet awesome car–showing wealth economic stability–and dropping her and her rags at leper colony. But then the last lines, “But when she smiled my heart was a geyser / of the purest instant hand sanitizer.” Shows a real connection deep down past “using hand sanitizer” which I kind of took as orgasming based on the touched without a glove. Probably I read my own shit into this. Hope you don’t mind the obese comment.

    Really liked these! I want more!

  3. Maria says:

    How wonderful! Thank you! And greets from Hamburg.

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