This poem is full of symbolism. How do you interpret it?
The ground consists of moving gears
and shifting catwalks.
like the inner workings of a giant watch.
and scraping noises fill
the air. The turning toothy wheels pull
cords which change
landscape. Mountains rise out of the ground
like erupting volcanoes
and later disappear
behind trap doors to be replaced with paper trees
and tissue grass.
the color of café au lait, float
Fans spin birthing
wind-moans of agony. Water
dumps onto metal sheets
poked full of holes,
creating purple rain and a thunderous roar. The black
sun rises and sets
means. It’s a land of darkness. I walk with care
for fear of losing
and being mangled in the maniacal machines.
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