As Soon As You Know


If you drop Vladimir by mistake, he will break. Do it on purpose. Do it with dignity.
This time is for wishing and going across. This is Osip coming home with a
cultural headache. This is Boris undressing.
You couldn’t have handbooked the undertaker anyway. He’s from the old school.
He uses roses and tinctures of lavender. Proclamations just wait for the bus.
This isn’t the happiest of bootstraps. This isn’t the czar’s wetted handkerchief.
One survived. One didn’t. It gives us a choice, but which one? You couldn’t have
anticipated Russia. It just happened. And then maybe it didn’t anymore.
Charges were filed against the other agent. But he wasn’t working for us either. In
the original countries, philosophy was merely an aging process. Vladimir’s situation
could have been expected.
Even before the system started biting its heels, there were signs of digression.
Inevitably, a broken Vladimir would answer the pattern.
So call for the revolution of movement not the movement of revolution. Bring forth
as your own that which will happen anyway.
Break Vladimir. Use the pieces to cultivate. Plant anything but a czar or a puppet
parliament. Water the windows and open the earth with hoes and fresh anger. Let it
breath. Let it give you what it wants. Just as you may now give to it whatever you want.
Just as soon as you know what that is.

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.