Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Kowtow to the Jump” by Jonathan Dick. Dick is from Toronto, Canada. He has had over thirty poems published in various literary journals. Follow him on Twitter: @jjdickyboy.
Kowtow to the Jump
“I will shorten your life
everyday, as soaring
humans tumble about
in a whirling sort of fiction.”
Help me, as we jump
together as one dying
humanhood, from pole to pole
we shall lift up our bodies
and pronounce the end of paradigm,
this will be a fact of science, meting out
our lives by a collective happenstance
and not the individual’s forlorn eye.
Come, let us night, we must jump
as a satiated personhood, lifting our legs
to our chests, exulting in the name of air,
this is the time we move, move it hard,
move the earth with brutal cooperation.
Come, let us day, if we jumped together,
like ants surrounding a rotten
orange, we will shake our world
as hard as ever, as unified
jumpers watching the universe
cower at our stirring feet.
Poet’s Notes: This poem is a desperate plea by the narrator to change the world around him, but he realizes he can only do so with the help (and hindrance) of the whole world. Change may be sparked by one small match but needs help to grow bigger.