Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Crystalline Song Of The Rapist

The Crystalline Song of The Rapist

When the party is over
and it's over now
when the fire stops flickering
when there's only a slice
of dry cheesecake moon
to put on the plate
of the last man leaving
I wait for the silence
but it never comes.

There's always a growling
a wheeze-buzzing rattle:
the crystalline song
of shatter on the exhale.
 Everything's off. The train sound--
it's not a tornado,
not even a train.

It's  a treachery 
more intimate
more sudden
 too close

a noise in the war
scuttering from light,
the ardor of the roach whose tactic
of vitality brings ruin to the walls.

 It's a bait and switch art,
 today trumping tomorrow;
this pump-action suck
for the very last drop,
each recoil injecting
ten million
gallons of waste

and it isn't a dream
coming careless and hard
as the beautiful
poisoned  body beneath me
shudders and flops
arches and groans, trying to shake off 
what gives her
but secrets and rape.

~September 2014

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My views on fracking, 
assisted by grapeling's word list, 
drawn from Sun Tzu's The Art of War

Oklahoma, United States has had: (M1.5 or greater)

  • 7 earthquakes today
  • 33 earthquakes in the past 7 days
  • 102 earthquakes in the past month
  • 1,044 earthquakes in the past year

The largest earthquake in Oklahoma, United States:

  • today: 3.5 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
  • this week: 4.0 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, United States
  • this month: 4.2 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, United States
  • this year: 4.5 in Edmond, Oklahoma, United States


Image: Existing injection wells in Oklahoma as of 2014
pump-jack near Kingfisher, OK, both via
fair use, no author given source page


  1. this pump-action suck
    for the very last drop,
    each recoil injecting
    ten million
    gallons of waste

    such gut wrenching words. And so true

  2. You write with such beauty of that which makes me sad.

  3. Ugh! Makes me just sick. Your words even more so as very vivid. The endless noise, the trade offs--I have to say that I found the bait and switch stanza the most compelling though it may not be as poetic as others but it's just so direct and true. One thought is that you might-- if you take the poem further-- give some of the process note in the title as I think you've personified the earth powerfully enoigh to seem like an indicidualZ I am on train so forgive typos. And phone. Probably contributing in some terrible way to earths degradation. Of course I like cockroach parts having lived a great deal of my adult life in NYC. Ha. K.

    1. I will second that Ha! I'm sure you have acquired quite a connoisseur's view of cockroach arts and parts. ;_) I am pretty lazy on my titles--I just scribble the first thing that comes to me, usually. But it is about the crystalline song of shattering, sung by the ultimate rapist personified, so not sure what would be better. Thanks for the input, k.

  4. No ha here of course. Very good take on list. I wasn't going to look at any as maybe will do but glad I did. Thanks. K .

    1. I'm sure whatever you write will be distinctively your own. I am still remembering fondly the bat poem.

  5. … and the "powers that be" can't put 2 + 2 together and figure out why this is happening. Actually, I'm sure they know - it's all about profit - and I'm sure their homes are safely 3 or more states away. So sorry for your home state. (I started to highlight my favorite line but it ended up being half the poem…)

  6. An intense write Hedgewitch.....full of some amazing imagery!

  7. The great tragedy of our time, our mindless addiction to carbon while limitless sun shines down, driving the 6th great extinction. We roaches may last, with no diversity, but I suspect the grumbling earth will not finally tolerate our execrable, inexorable pollution.

    "Of shatter on the exhale" made me think of 'shatter in the shale' upon reading your end notes and examining the map. Then, "the ardor of the roach" so vividly describes the Koch klan and their ilk.

    A dart to the heart of the art... of war and its reasons. Thanks for adding your voice, Joy ~

  8. Did you see the latest report on fracking concluding that it doesn't threaten the ground water? Really! The rape of our own mother earth- goddess forgive us.

  9. Fracking is an iniquitous practice, soon to be utilized in my part of the world. Your words have the power to score skin from bone, but who is really listening when big money is to be made?
    I applaud your protest and the poetry (which is nothing short of brilliant).

  10. "this pump-action suck
    for the very last drop"


  11. Oh my God, Hedge, yes, the horrors of fracking. The willful stupidity of it! Brilliantly written as your work always is. So powerful.

  12. It is so scary what men do for profit. It doesn't matter who or what is sacrificed. A very powerful spot on poem of truth!!

  13. It isn't enough that big oil is determined to drill the last drops of oil from the dying Earth's hips, but now that mania and lust is brought home in the lucrative exercise of fracking. A crystalline song, yes, the sound of today raping tomorrow. I wonder how much longer it will be before one of those frack-induced earthquake devours a school or a church. We call war a combat between tribes of humans, but that is such a narrow definition, when there's really this grand war being fought by one species against its habitat. As you say elsewhere, rich man's war, poor man's blood. I've heard the stories on NPR about the earthquakes in Oklahoma, they always end up with a question mark, wondering what unponderable next is in store underground where fracking is fucking so with the earth. The next dustbowl, turning the surface to waste? Fine, fine work.

    1. Thanks, B. Our governor makes Jan Brewer look like Einstein and FDR rolled into one--nothing will be done as long as the tea party holds the state house hostage. For years(like almost the entire time I've lived here) we've had a dem gov and split legislature--since Failin' and her 'Don't tread on me--let me tread on you' contingent took over, our state has sunk to the lowest in every criteria---sometimes we beat out Mississippi at #49, rather the meagerest of bragging rights there. My husband and I joke about hoping the big earthquake that is surely coming hits the capitol, but since it's near the Deep Deuce and in the poorest part of OKC, maybe better if it takes out the Devon Tower. It's a war of conquest and extermination, but I often wonder when its over, just who will be exterminated.

    2. Have you seen any of the PBS documentary on the Roosevelts - Ted and Franklin and Ethel? What is so remarkable about that time is that the dire consequences of accumulated wealth were met head-on with responsive and responsible government. The greatest hero in the story (that I seen so far) is Ethel Roosevelt, who said, "It gets better for us when it gets better for all of us." The amount of legislation that went into providing jobs and social security and building infrastructure and taxing wealth saved the country--acts which now seem impossible under almost identical conditions. Without the weal, the sense of community, of a united nation, how can we face and address the crippling and destruction of our habitat? Sawing off the limb we sit on, singing "don't tread on me." It's frightening, really. Florida will be mostly underwater in a century, and our governor refuses to believe the science. What does belief have to do with the facts of global warming? There's a crew going around the state now with an ark in tow, protesting his defiance of the obvious. Won't be enough to stop his protecting the those whose only interest is clear-cutting the last bit of wealth from the land. Sigh. That's why I think the land will be so relieved to see us go. When our majorities cast their vote for our destruction, then we deserve to go.

    3. Yes, it was a *completely* different philosophy of governance, and of the role of the affluent class than we have today--in fact, a lot of what the Roosevelts did marked them as 'traitors to their class.' and explains why they are so virulently hated on the right. I haven't been able to watch the mini-series due to conflicts with the Ruler of All Things Television in my house, but have it in our DVD queue (--I really prefer watching it on disc anyway, as I am not much of a tv person.) I'm excited about it though--Ken Buns did that excellent documentary on the Dust Bowl, and this is also supposed to be really good, as you attest.

      AFA the RWNJ's waking up, I live in hope that they will cause their own extinction before they cause ours, as once the Black Guy is out of the White House, a lot of their victimization syndrome, manufactured self-righteous rage and racist foaming at the mouth may subside. Maybe even the plutocrat-butt-kissing, but I make no wagers on that, as the worship of money only seems to increase in this country. Call me crazy, but I like to believe everyone isn't as stupid as that side winning would mean.

  14. What have they done to the Earth? What have they done to our fair sister? This so reminds me of Jim Morrison's lyric, especially the lines that come after those. it is rape indeed, just as callous, just as selfish, just as destructive. There will be hell to pay.

  15. The last line made me stare at my screen for way too long. I think I will see your words in my dreams, tonight...


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats