Treasure Island

Lawrence Ferlinghetti


A Vast Confusion


Long long I lay in the sands

Sounds of trains in the surf
in subways of the sea
And an even greater undersound
of a vast confusion in the universe
a rumbling and a roaring
as of some enormous creature turning
under sea and earth
a billion sotto voices murmuring
a vast muttering
a swelling stuttering
in ocean's speakers
world's voice-box heard with ear to sand
a shocked echoing
a shocking shouting
of all life's voices lost in night
And the tape of it
someow running backwards now
through the Moog Synthesizer of time
Chaos unscrambled
back to the first
harmonies
And the first light

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Luis Galindo (1/4/2010 8:47:00 PM)

    Interesting. Chaos image is bent in my mind, by bent it is what poetry should be, something that eludes understanding or to try to make sense of it somehow cheapens it. (Report) Reply

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