© Matthew Word Bain

in case you couldn’t tell
this is not the valley of the valley girls
nor the In & Out of L.A. fame and Lebowski glory
there’s hardly glory enough to go around
on most days in these parts
still, folks get by
I find enough glory
in the aesthetics alone…

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I wonder if this sign
has outlived that which it
signifies, be it the store
or the promise

I have driven by
countless times
but cannot
recall the last
occasion on which
I turned into the lot to
do laundry or surf
consignments

I wonder how many
times I stopped…

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looking cleaner than ever
yet I’ve not seen a solitary vehicle
facing down a single one of those posts
since at least the beginning of 2020
and I imagine the slow stream of hikers
trickling down from the Appalachian Trail
dried up considerably over the past two years
so this…

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ambiguous geometry
backlit by the setting sun
well if strangely proportioned
and with a broad base supporting
a strange cantilevered overhang
in the foreground, a hose
left untended
alone

this scene
is soothing to me
in spite of its starkness
like a summer Friday evening
after everyone has left in their…

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the movement of these clouds
trust me, they are moving
is in a sort of temporal
harmony with the
movement of
life in
this
industrial
neighborhood
largely unchanged
on the surface
for decades
but changing
if imperceptibly
each moment
settling into
routines
already
settled into
for years prior
such that…

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a corner planting
has outgrown its post
reaches beyond the roofline
while the lower portions
are now exposed
as resources
shifted
to the parts
providing food
reaching more light
the lower limbs
were nearly
forgotten
apical
dominance
doesn’t always
bode well
to those
below

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for once remaining in business
and with a fresh new facade
on a lazy evening in April
beneath a slowly drifting sky
tonight no one needs furniture
so many lifetimes of urgency
can fall away into the past
and now all can be well
if only for an evening
maybe…

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Matthew Word Bain

Matthew Word Bain

purveyor of stochastic resonance | pilgrim of blur | describing diaphaneity by way of ambiguity | https://www.patreon.com/matthewwordbain