The lone Bos primigenius on the hill at night,
do you suppose she ever wonders
in her laconic, bovine way
what the stars could possibly be?
Does the Tyto alba contemplate
the moon’s topography from his
hay loft perch or what mysteries might
lay on its darker side?
The Nephilia clavata centered in his jeweled web,
does he receive strange frequencies
(or just old radio transmissions)
on its taut wires and filaments?
What about the sleepless philosopher/poet
taking his thoughts out for a late-night
walk around the neighborhood?
Does the universe leave cryptic
fortune cookie clues and candid
little polaroids of the Bigger Picture
laying around for him to find
and piece together later?
Or is this semi-educated fool merely
adrift on a sea of his own imagining
in the leaky row-boat of his skull
and nothing but a kerosene lamp,
a stone jug of his uncle's corn liquor
and an old typewriter on which
he may compose
such (otherwise) ridiculous
-Jason Ryberg, 2010