An Obsolescent and His Deity (Polyptych)


Bending over like this to get my hands empty
Rummaging through the white trashcans out back
Of the Patent Office, I find a kind of peace
Here, in this warm-lit alley where no one comes.


For even the lowest know that nothing new
Is going to be thrown out now—no formula,    
Never not one blueprint will show up in these
Bright bins, their futures are huge, pristine.


Old alleymouth grabbags my attention at times
I see the world flash by out there, furtive as
The doors of decontamination chambers—


I return to my dull, boring search, foraging
For the feel it gives me of the thing which has
Invented me: that void whose sole idea I was.


Bill Knott