CellPhone Poem 2:
I called officials from Tokyo,
just like you advised,
gave an interview on prime time,
also an anchor in New York who wanted to know
what I'd eaten for breakfast,
as if viewers hadn't heard
enough about cereal bars
inside the shuttle.
We discussed the wing heat shield.
The anchor wanted to know how it's possible
to peel foam so thin it's like sand.
I told him carefully. We laughed.
But when I talked about earth from outer space
where air appears thinner than the pulsing white
of an eggshell, how the planet's scalp
is scarred with the stump of ridges,
the anchor talked to me during commercial break.
He said to can it.
You, who allowed me
to see creation, I am slow of speech,
and slow of tongue.
I am an old voice
that seeps through stone,
one stone at a time,
I am the so-called old man
that has heard way too much
speaking for myself.
Whenever I open my mouth,
Who knows what to say?
Do u think it's easy for me sounding
lke this all the time Now u've done it
R you satisfd U don't have to sound lke me
For God's sake u're an astronaut Moses tlked the sme shit
abt nt knwing wht 2 say Wht do u nd?
Sme kind of staff?
Keep rpeatng the sme thng u knw
people hear insde their own holding pattern becse
who wouldn't wnt 2 be held love catches throats
& strngs thm up
wth their own snd
rather than bng loved it's so mch easier.