“The Avatar Song” by Mark Schorr

by on 03/12/12 at 11:03 am

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From the author: “Some background on the Avatar sequence: while hospitalized, I received in the mail a version of a pop song, the lyrics of which I had written for Dutch children learning English; the song kept playing in my head, and the next night’s dreams had me flying around through the universe, waking, as the song chants, in a rain for-est; this dream intensified for several nights; culminating the night I took a sleep study; the small cover photograph (lowest) was taken by the sleep technician, who tried valiantly to get me through a good night’s sleep; the waking dream persisted, and it was not to be. Where is Sigourney Weaver when you need her?”

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Lyrics M.A. Schorr and Music Chrystal Cochius.

26. O to be an avatar
climb into a sleep machine
for a split night study

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fit to another mask
& wake up in a different dream

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pressure applied at best
obtains a decent rest
until movement of the rapid eye

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visits clouds a mile high
pens a conscious symmetry.

27. Last night: a dripping mask
with insomnia and
dry throat awoke

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with Three Mile Island in his head
and no shut offH valve

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Each attempt to find the leak
in the utility pipe
or the sleep mask was in vain

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Woke up with a soft palette
and vanished dream

28. Then his mind moved beyond
a walk around Walden Pond
in the dead of winter

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This wasn’t rocket science
just Buddhist economics

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a small pond diverting resources
from the larger source
until another Walden was born.

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and when it fit the picture
moved into it

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life now moves
beyond the picture
of an unmade bed

29. Here he remembered
how many questions
he had come to walk around

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Were all resources finite
for good things coming hence?

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How deep could a pond be
both for resources
and source of excellence?

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Or how many Waldens spent
to preserve one fresh pond.

30. Takes the sleep study
but can’t sleep more than five
works overtime in overdrive

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Takes a picture there instead
pictures of an unmade bed

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All night long the rapid eye
pans his thoughts
a slow steadying of pressure

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in the morning they say
five hours or fewer were logged

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Riding a bicycle again
seems like the best thing
that ever happened to him.

31. One day the bed gets folded
the room cleaned
(except the corner where pressure’s taken)

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More blood pressures
sent over the land line

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Each visitor in the shaker chair
who applies the pressure
again reanimates the frame

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The nurse sits who on sofa says
“Don’t get too obsessed with pressure.”

Ernest Hilbert

Ernest Hilbert is founder of E-Verse Radio.

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