Living Matter

© Matthew Word Bain

corrugated siding
and ongoing efforts
to corral the wild spirit
of the wood that still lives
even after an intensive process
of cutting, slicing, pressing, gluing
to be made stable enough for civilized
culture to manipulate it into abstract forms
and cover the holes in the facades of their culture
the complicated structures that are always deteriorating
and never a viable replacement for the complex living systems
suppressed by cutting, burning, plowing, and excavation
in order to make way for these simply complicated
efforts to shore up the addiction to consumption
that is the fuel source for the same principle
of growth that turns off cell death
in malignant tumors

take a moment
and notice, if you will
just how effective these efforts
at corralling this wild spirit have been