person Jason Ryberg, one poem

Jason Ryberg is the author of twelve books of poetry, six screenplays, and a few short stories. He is currently an artist-in-residence at both The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and the Osage Arts Community, and is an editor and designer at Spartan Books. His latest collections of poems are Zeus-X-Mechanica (Spartan Press, 2017) and A Secret History of the Nighttime World (39 West Press, 2017). He lives part-time in Kansas City and part-time somewhere in the Ozarks, near the Gasconade River.


Treehouse Fallen in the Backwoods

Kind of a curious thing
to come upon a fallen treehouse,
all of a sudden, in the deep Missouri backwoods
(somewhere in that hazy, uncharted zone
between North and South, noon and sundown);

one of those classic contemplative moments,
we could assume, that the universe
randomly puts in our paths, from time to time:

no other signs of civilization or human activity
of any kind for miles,

no reason one would even casually speculate
that a couple of wayward explorers could
randomly stumble upon such a scene
in an otherwise still reasonably untouched
and primeval forest setting like this,

no hoary, haggard Old Shepherd of the Hills
or prancing Tom Bombadil-like character
to spontaneously appear and tell us how
they’ve been here from the beginning,
how they’ve seen everything that’s ebbed and
flowed through these parts since God was a baby,

no one who might have passively borne witness
at that fateful isolated moment of entropic dissolution
(in the endless, Mobius loop of fateful moments
that this life of ours truly seems to be),

no one to answer what you would think
would be at least one of a number of obvious and
pressing questions that would naturally come
to one’s mind upon stumbling across a treehouse
that has fallen in the backwoods …


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