Y and V




Y is for yen, Japan’s reserve

currency after the U.S. dollar,

the euro and the pound sterling.

The 1 yen coin is made out of 100%

aluminum and can float on water.

Y is for Yosemite’s brash yellows,

dawn’s universal symbol as praised

by drought survivors, demi-gods,

and ancient sequoia trees.  1931:

Japan shifted from the gold

standard to managed currency.

Y is for unremitting yearning

to be free of deadly ghosts

(simulacrum, creditism):

yesteryear’s capital flows

prying actual coinage

(Yukon River’s banks)

from the market’s

phantasmal hand.




V is for the vestigial viper, atop

the melting ice floe of this world:

wax figure’s walkie talkie

veering out of range before

the signal of Vox popula,

again shines voluminous

red.  V is for vespers,

cancerous gutting of

volta’s Bonheur,

virtue’s mouth, and

Virgil’s pristine mind,

guiding sheep through

the vernal equinox’s

Venn diagram.  V is for

the amped-up victrola

sounding through

formless chaos, vale

(noctem aeternam)

of vetted tears.