Electricity under water. Electricity under snow. The electricity of
wires strung high from telephone poles above the earth covered with
frozen water half the year. Electricity of unknown phenomena in Paulding,
Michigan. Electric charge passed from hand to hand to hand to and from
electric dryers in the men’s bathroom on the third floor of the
old high school before they tore it down. Electricity of commitment
to the circle to the circuit. Electricity flowing through us all when
we held hands and touched both dryers, until one of us broke the chain
and we all felt something burst inside. Electricity moving through the
darkness keeping highways lit. Keeping houses lit. Keeping us all from
the zero that is the cold that is the absence of heat and atomic motion.
Electricity through phone wires carrying voices and conversations between
lovers, fathers, friends, and long-gone mothers. Electricity held in
generators outside wooden cabins and stored in the batteries of cars,
hidden cold and under hoods. The electricity of beginning.
Electricity of lips in darkness. Electricity of cigarette lighters,
cooling embers. Electricities of the body in friction with itself or
with another. Electricity of dusk just before the sun drops below the
horizon, the anticipation of the night and of the cold and of the breathing
into it. Electricity of relationships’ ending. Electricity of
sparkplug deep inside the car being called on to take a woman out of
here, out of this bombed-out love affair, called on to give life to
gasoline and engine pulse, called on to lead her out. Electricity to
light the way.
Electricity of bootheel scuff on floor. Electricity of boots on tiled
and well-worn floors. Electricity of watching through the hole above
the girls’ shower in the old high school. Electricity of reflections
in the steamed-through mirror. Electricity of light from lightbulbs.
Electricity illuminating all that’s good, illicit. Halfway house
electricity. Halfway down the hill electricity. Push-start classic cars
electricity. Electricity of shop tools. Electricity of potential accidents.
Electricity of thumbs lost to machines in the near future. Electricity
of false starts and power spikes. Electricity of ambulance rides to
the hospital. Electricity of EKG of light on screen in hospitals. Electricity
of family gathered by the bedside holding hands and maybe chanting Kumbaya
or some other family chant. Electricity of concentrated wanting. Electricity
of waning moons.
Hand-cranked radio electricity. Electricity of flashlight light in nighttime
and in snow. Electricity of bodies in midair. Electricity of story and
of what can be remembered. Illusory electricity. Electricity of perceived
godlike powers. Impossibility electricity. Electricity of charging through
Hilarity electricity. Electricity of laughter catching fire and spreading
through a room. Electricity of basking in that approval, that cause
and that effect. Electricity like a virus keeping us from weather and
from remembering all of those who died. Electricity of tracheotomy.
Electricity of iron lung. Cancer electricity. Long-gone mother electricity.
Electricity of her still in the air no matter what the therapist says
no matter what the father says. New Liz electricity. Old Liz electricity.
Her electricity still in the air still suspended in the air in AM/FM
format in language format in some format that can be deciphered if we
have sophisticated enough tools.
Vandalism electricity. Electricity of criminal actions taken under cover
of the night. Electricity of necessity, of necessary violence. Electricity
of necessary things to come of awful and unavoidable bad turns in roads.
Electricity of botched chess endgames. Electricity of Russian angels
who don’t ever botch the endgames. Electric cars, electric lights,
electric spirits in the wires. Electricity of heart attachments, heart
attacks. Electricity of the dead who are still in the air somewhere.
Electricity of WHUH of WCCY of WOLV the wolf that stalks the soft-rock
radio night. Sucking Christian rock electricity. Electricity of rock
tumbling kits bought by our fathers that failed to match our expectations.
Electricity of what is left behind.
Electricity of fire and fuse. Newfound science electricity. Like fusion
like inertia-powered wrist watches. Electric lock picking sets ordered
from catalogs that fail to work as well as promised. Electricity of
failure to live up to expectations once again. Electricities of ice
and fire and what comes between. Sublimination electricity.
Unbelievable violence in this small town that no one could have predicted
electricity. Electricity of crime in the public’s mind. Locked
door electricity. News report electricities with every television on
to get the story. Nightly news electricity. Nightly news coming across
the lake from Canada electricity. Local nightly news with all the awful
theories electricity. Guilty electricity. Will they catch him or will
we form a posse to hunt the bastard down electricity. Sad to be the
police force electricity, unable to corner the splinter in the public
Question mark electricity. The waiting for an answer electricity. The
other story’s electricity. The car gone through the ice electricity.
The loss like a plug pulled from a socket. Loss like a lightbulb burning
out. Electricity of the memory of light of sunlight through a windshield.
Electricities of reaching out to your dead mother. Electricity of calling
up the dead lost and buried in the mines. Copper and iron ore electricity.
Pasty and Nisu electricity. Electricity of calories stored in food.
Electricity of the difference between calories and Calories (one is
a thousand times greater than the other). Electricity of U.S. R.D.A.
of nutrients in food. Digestive electricity. Such pleasure in the consumption
electricity. The way the body breaks things down and stores it in the
cells electricity. Electricity of moving on and on.
Electricity of potential sex on college campuses. Electricity of phone
sex in the wires that cross the country all the time. Electricity of
love songs in the air all around us all the time if we could only tune
our silver fillings in. Electricity of constant loss and grieving. Electricity
of reunion and renewal. Electricity of season even of coming spring.
Electricity of the birds moving through the air in fixed pattern. Electricity
of returning North.
Electricity of reluctant messages. Electricity of leftovers spoiled
on the top shelf of the fridge. Electricity of being expected home now
hours ago and where could she have gone? Electricity of I knew we couldn’t
trust that boy. Electricity of comprehensive life insurance. Electricity
of how can we go out into the world again into the grocery store again
to buy baguettes to buy our beer to buy our batteries and breakfast
Electricity of lost brother of missing arms of dreams of missing hearts
and stumps and blood. Electricity of family tragedy. Electricity of
missing central story of axe and accident. Singing electricity. Suture
electricity. Amputation electricity. Electricity of What of love denied.
Electricity of unknown language. Electricity of your mother speaking
in a different language. Postage electricity. Electricity of salt on
roads. Electricity of lowering the freezing point of water. Science
and its electricities with their poisoned answers. Electricity of healthy
and sometimes excessive disbelief.
Obituary electricity. Self-blame electricity. Sometimes it helps to
cry electricity. Electricities of brochures arriving in the mail for
how to get on with your life. Electricity of temptation to just drive
away across the snow across the ice across the highways and the international
border to another country.
Alphabetical electricity. Electricity of newfound form. Unusual and
elemental electricity. Linguistic and eccentric electricity.
Electric charge of predicting the future. Piezoelectricity. Electric
iron left on too long and burning electricity. Electricity of hand on
thigh of memory of hand on thigh. Unconsummated electricity.
Mathematic electricity. Another electricity of form. Electricity of
the Fibbonaci numbers. Electricity of pervasive form. Discovery electricity.
Electricity of the tastes of backs of necks. Voyeuristic electricity.
Electricity of motion of keeping this and us in motion. Electricity
of mostly gone. Investigation electricity. Electricity of expectation.
Evidentiary electricity. Electricity of there must be answers, something
more than this electricity. Electricity of floating quotients. Ampersand
and after electricity. Closing, locking doors electricity. Sometimes
harmony is electricity. Electricity is harmony, too. Alignment of the
particles electricity. Rigid structure electricity. Deep structure electricity.
Organic, inorganic structure electricity. That which keeps all things
together electricity. That which keeps all things apart electricity.
Electricity of inertia of coming up against the wall. Electricity of
what comes after. Next and leftover electricity. Electricity of ways
to tie it up. Ending electricity. Electricity of minor satisfactions.
Fraying blanket electricity. Hem electricity. Glowing ember electricity.
Electric locks and combination.