How long? The shadow of a doubt moves
Across a door in the imagined dark
Of the ancient cranium, a dim drafty space.
Unwilling to turn and glimpse the blind exorcist’s face,
Unconditional suspenders of disbelief,
Back-to-Normals shop to live, drive to shop;
So a busy world spins by my window again
Till buying hour stops, and night noise
Falls through the white rain and hangs there.
Sky glows red with last few searching tracer lights,
Infant tenement memories and other spectral
Mystery silhouettes, shifting in the mind
Between the first and last breaths: a blank disassembling;
Between the first flashback –- a brick airshaft,
Carlight Zero diving, wartime voices distant –-
And the evaporation of the tribe: the faint farewell, soft laughter,
The great mobilization of ghosts
In the grey area. Id est: somewhere before dawn.
Airplane silhouette: image by Jussi Paju, 2006
Divergence of 7.7mm and 20mm shells fired from Japanese A6M2 "Zeke" (or "Zero") from Akagi flight group, c. 1941-42: image by Anynobody, 2007
Japanese Navy "Zero" fighter takes off from aircraft carrier Asagi, on its way to attack Pearl Harbor on the morning of 7 December 1941: photo by Japanese military personnel (US Navy)