Ashen Dragon flickers: veranda casts shadows soaked
through under sheets of rain, my coat the same.
Calls himself blue: that’s all he has said, but he’s
seen something, shows on his face, in crescent.
He ran: not before handing me a paper man. He’s
now lost among the ten thousand alleys, fathomless concrete forests.
roving in a great hollow. It’s lead
me down innumerable concrete gorges,
brocades of glass and shadow, taking
an inevitable blur everywhere it goes.
Near it, looking at it people fall silent,
by choice or otherwise – unfathomable faces want it, need it.
Diner after diner
alley after alley
waterfront after waterfront,
it folds realities on top of realities, something new abounding
from each fold, ten thousand mysteries emerge from pregnant emptiness.
The there is stands in lamp light, gleaming
between badge and gun, the paper Unicorn.
Her husband is missing
or so she says.
Been a week,
she assumed a business trip
but now she’s getting nervous.
She says his behavior changed.
Started frequenting dive bars
running with the shifty kind
going down by the waterfront
he said it was business she says.
I retort the waterfronts a tricky place
innumerable things happen under its
ten thousand miasma folds
not all of them good.
In this vast hollow, it’s a blurred enigma.
And besides I have a full case load.
Shes been fidgeting the whole time
something in her hand.
Fine she says, fine
thanking me for my time
she rises and leaves.
A slug of cold black coffee,
gaze and gaze on the city below
I turn and see
on my desk
standing on its edge.
A gossamer film
as a paper chicken.
Second picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BladeRunner_Unicorn.jpg
Third Picture: http://www.brmovie.com/FAQs/BR_FAQ_Origami.htm
These are test beds, run throughs for something I have in mind, so would like some feedback if possible.
Also tried mixing in some Buddhist language with these, so we’ll see how that works out.
Also, I am aware that the man is made of a matchstick. But for the purposes of this (and my love of Blade Runner) he’ll be of paper.