Tao Lin ~ Meditation

Somewhat com­plex grumpi­ness
on the precipice of a beau­ti­ful world
in a lov­ing, mag­i­cal uni­verse
sym­bi­ot­ic with virus­es and bac­te­ria
Persistent, intru­sive thoughts
Chemical vir­tu­al real­i­ties
Diatribing in pub­lic
Getting lost half on-pur­pose
Unconsciously dis­so­ci­at­ing
Poems that sup­ple­ment dreams
Geckos twist­ing and swelling
the invis­i­ble vein of time
Very qui­et clas­si­cal music
Aluminum in brain in autism
Mercury in sea crea­tures
Tetchy and unsta­ble
filled with men­tal seque­lae
reg­u­lar­ly col­laps­ing
into mute despair
and unrea­son­ing fugues
Leaves enjoy brief lives
Horses sound a lit­tle like birds
Shadow gov­ern­ments emerge
on dom­i­na­tor plan­ets
Many North Koreans
are organ­ic farm­ers
Waves crash and break
My feel­ings seemed erro­neous
some­times and ridicu­lous
Waves that wouldn’t crash or break
Three cats that act­ed like dogs
Negative forms of train­ing
Practicing despair afk
Plants keep chang­ing
Cosmic elec­tric fil­a­ments
form dou­ble helix­es
Mending my eyes
with tox­ic med­i­ta­tion
Chickens have eye­lids
Bamboo fish­ing poles
Two week old okra plants
A sto­ry about 5.5 months


Tao Lin is the author of nine books. His next book, Leave Society, is forth­com­ing from Vintage Books in sum­mer 2021. Visit his web­site at taolin.tumblr.com