Perfect Perfection

Martin Olson, USA

Martin Olson writes for Disney Studios. His satirical book ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF HELL is available at:

(Submitted by the author)

her interior eyes
opened in sleep
and a man of perfect
strength and tenderness
carried her off brusquely
through a columned threshold
her black high heels flailing
plucked from the sterile womb
of dictation at Schwab and Goldstein
and into the depths of ineffable
orgasmic romance
although a dream
it was more real than reality
not perfection
but rather
perfect perfection
dreaming he was at his desk
a mathematician saw himself
solving the Hodge Conjecture
that certain de Rham
cohomology classes are
algebraic, the sums of
Poincare duals of the
Cohomology classes
of subfucking varieties38
in the dream he stared
at the proof he had written
tears filling his eyes
the dream proof
was more real than reality
not perfection
but rather
perfect perfection
his fingers bleeding
from days of pressure
on the No. 30 sandpaper
a carpenter went to bed
exhausted and dreamed
of building the perfect
spiral staircase, a precise
but paradoxical cascade
of mahogany going up
and going down
simultaneously
the dream stairs more real
than reality
not simply perfection
but rather
perfect perfection
a dying swollen child
suckling flat empty breasts
in the empty womb
of an african desert
dreams of floating in the fluid
that sculpted his cells into a fetus
where he felt the throbbing
of his vestige heart like a quasar
in the womb of the void
the dream womb more real
than reality
not simply perfection
but rather
perfect perfection39
a vestige computer personality
programmed with incredible nuance
and operating on nanotech circuitry
at a precise atomic scale
finds itself able to dream
of sharing the universe as a sentient being
with its flesh and blood counterparts
and sharing the mystery of why
computes a brief glimmer of its soul
and weeping if it could weep
dreams of itself existing
the computer's dream
is more real than reality
not simply perfection
but rather
perfect perfection
the totality of all that is
dreaming of small and large
light and dark, motion and stillness
ineffable qualities of itself
colliding wave with wave
particle with particle
fractal with fractal equation
having no recourse
seeks perfect perfection within
ignorant of itself
except as a concept
ignorant of itself except
in comparison to its glimmer
of understanding of the ultimate
unachievable knowledge of origin
the only perfect expression
of perfectly
perfect
perfection.

Image credit: 'Le Paysage Bleu', by Marc Chagall, 1949

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