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The Legend of the Exception 2

  

 

 

Later
Came

Three hours
Into the desert

In mid-day darkness

On a high
Mesa

Daniel lit

the pipe for

 

Craig took it
in

Stabbing his lungs

Pupil
Eclipse
Iris

Dropped to his knees

Daniel?

Daniel was nowhere
To be seen

alone

And still
Flipping

a million billion
phantom
coins
Flipping
in his guts

Sought the relief
Of a familiar tune

But contrary
To what?

Lips struck
dumb

And still
The song
Swelled

Worse than
Ever

Going to

exploding

Erupting

Geyser
Of vomit

Mouth
Full of goo

Again
And again

Hands and
Knees
Heaving

wretch

Craig heard
The flapping
of an enormous
flag

in a stiff wind
somewhere behind him
above him

When you were born
Daniel explained
Having never left

The black eye
Of the sun
Put his seed in you

And you fed it
Good

Contrarian

It grew big
and strong

it is
the Wiwipi

great and terrible

And it is tethered
To you

You
Fill its
belly

now full
grown

its four
fearsome
mouths
champing

for
solid food

You must
Become
more

Contrarian

keep
the Wiwipi
Strong

And
well
fed

the greatest stories
will be told
about
the Wiwipi

And it is with
Only you
Can see

It

will be
always and forever
behind you

ever
present
if unseen

A sudden
And terrible grip
On Craig’s shoulders

And Craig was
Airborne

The flapping
Flags
Swallowing him

Daniel receded
To a dot

As the Wiwipi
Took Craig
Higher and higher

Loosing a terrible
discordant cry

from its

four
fearsome
mouths

That chilled
And invigorated

Dropping Craig off
At his apartment

The Wiwipi
Relinquished its grip

Craig whirled
Around
But saw nothing

Craig heard sirens
Wail

crowd
gathered

panic on the forty-first
floor

window
inferno’s flame
billowing smoke

and sirens
still distant

there’s nothing
he can do
say
the upturned faces

Standing amidst
Doubt
And expectation

Craig suddenly
Soared

The Wiwipi
Had his shoulders
And he was
Flying

Straight
Shot
To the flames

The man
On the forty-first floor

Screams silenced
By the impossible

The unexpected

The exception

Craig soared into
Soot and

The man
On the forty-first floor

Grabbed him tight
Brought down
To earth

Face black
With soot

The crowd gawked

Then away
With the
Wiwipi

A story surfaced
The next day

in local
papers

Mystery Man Takes Flight

Eyewitness
Accounts
But no
Photographs

Claims disputed

Impossible

Grinding resistance

Like a turbine

Craig grinned
at the headlines

And somewhere
above
the Wiwipi

purred
contentedly

Craig
Crusaded
The impossible

Pumicing
Against expectation

And the
Wiwipi

Grew stronger
Still

Craig and the Wiwipi
Started small

Assisting
Stranded motorists
and drowning swimmers

swooping in
the Wiwipi’s
grip

airborne

impossible

isolated events

Solitary encounters

No proof

But faith

And first hand
knowledge

dismissive skeptics

And the
Wiwipi
Grew
Stronger still

And so did
Craig

But he didn’t
Show

Hid it more
And more

Strong
Contrarian fix

Of doing
The impossible
Under everyone’s
noses

Craig and the Wiwipi

railed
the de-railed

turned over
the overturned

endeared themselves
to strangers

As accounts
of Craig
In the grip
Of the Wiwipi

Grew and grew

People began
To take it
Seriously

Disbelief
shrank
More
and
more

Craig responded
By fashioning
Himself
In outrageous
Garb

A heavy helmet
To hide his face

Belts and
Bandoleers

Gauntlets
And tunics

Festooned
And emblazoned

Craig resumed
Duty

Making his
Witnesses
See
Pink elephants

Feeding off
disbelief

Stoking the furnace
Of the Wiwipi

But still Craig
Chased the wind

With each
amazing feat

more people
believed

creating
expectation

threatening to flip

Craig wondered what
the Wiwipi
Would eat

If he couldn’t
Give its

Four
Fearsome
Mouths

The
Impossible

Craig
Pushed harder
And harder

outlandish

unexpected

Craig’s
Adventures
Spanned the
Globe

Rescuing
Trapped miners
In the
Ukraine

Rerouting
Flooding rivers
In India

Dropping
Crops
To Ethiopia

In the Sea of Japan the

Four
fearsome
Mouths

Of the Wiwipi

Lapped up
Thousands
And thousands

of gallons of
spilled oil

then flew
off
to shit
new ozone
over the poles

While the
gouged tanker’s
crew gawked

On a nearby
Fishing vessel

Hotaru Mikuni
Caught the whole thing
On video

Grainy
And dark

indistinct

It still
Showed something

Amazing

Impossible

e-mailed

to
Tokyo

posted
on
line

wildfire

Footage
Validated
Earlier
Claims

Expectation
Grew

The Wiwipi’s
Belly
Growled

Craig felt
Pinched

Could no
Longer
Rely

On doubt
Of his
Existence

Now his deeds
Alone would

need be
impossible

Ante
Upped

 

 

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