Why Square a Circle?
Radiance Angelina Petro
All those thingamabobs in that one
kitchen drawer reveal the genius
of dreams. Who was awake when they
opened the drawer, slipped in another
something or other, and then slid the drawer
There are no edges to the mind, no corners,
no boxes to think out of, and it is more
than knowing there are no boxes in the first place.
There’s only a circle as wide as the world,
and why square a circle?
There are Time Beings and Idea Beings
that live in the mind. The Idea Being plays
in the darklight, and wants to know everything,
and ventures out whether we realize it or not,
and goes on little quests that sometimes
turn into epic ones, and vice-a-versa.
The point is there is no point, no linear
one track mind. Idea Beings are into surprises.
The Time Being stands in silence
in the center of the circle and counts noon
to noon—not waiting, not wanting, not
expecting anything. It only fashions
preludes, and sometimes ventures out
so we can venture in. Sometimes
they reveal themselves when we open
the drawer and wonder—smiling–
how it all came to be, and why, knowing
whatever it was we are searching for
will not be found (it’s in another drawer).
And so, for the Time Being, this is one
of those moments when it offers its hand
to the Idea Being, so they can dance themselves
into flight, flying far outside the circle.