Trees Speak Louder Than Words

Linda asks us to explore surrealism in poetry.   Stream of consciousness poetry or surrealism doesn’t have to be long.  Joyce, Wolf, Faulkner, Proust, Kerouac, Vonnegut were masters of the craft of surreal or stream of consciousness writing.  I’ve read them all.  Obviously my SOC is not messy – organized SOC.  But when it goes, it does wander.  I wrote this last year in the winter. I have shortened it by cutting the poem in half.


Trees Speak Louder Than Words
“Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time…” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

and so it goes –
do I dare to eat a peach
or do I dare to eat an apple…
the trees speak louder
than a letter being opened with a boning knife –
rolling down the road hoppity-skip
and into the ditch.
you act as if you are the queen or king of creation.
yet I look at you as if you were a waterfall.
no flarf for me.
soc…stream of consciousness
the massacre of the Lakota Sioux
at Wounded Knee…
the sound of trees is louder
than a bullet through the air

image from Slaughterhouse Five

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