Rules of the game on ground level (our side)
1. Pop your head out of a hole when you feel
feeling the lemonade sun tickle your wrists.
2. When the sky cancers over
with mushroom fists
and each one slings a bludgeon down,
3. If it splits your skull and your brains are fountaining out
over your folded neck like a strawberry fudge sundae mixed with earthworms
two-weeks-dead and pickled:
We all bounce back.
4. The main objective
is to pop up again, no matter
what. Pop up,
pop up, pop up.
5. The main objective is also to not
get hammered into the earth.
But when that happens, we will all dig tunnels and meet in a central underworld
and huddle there and sew each other’s skulls back together
with straw music and laughter
And we will realize that the point of the game,
is to be seen and heard and bludgeoned.
And to be there,
and there, and there,
And to be annoying, and be
(and to love being) hated
and to tell one another not to care.
The point of the game
is buried underground.
But it is alive.
Image credits in order of appearance:
Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in the Zoo Osnabrück, Germany. By Quartl – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16205358
A coloured plate. Caption: “Off with her head!” By Charles Robinson – Carroll, Lewis & Robinson, Charles. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London: Cassell & Company. Internet Archive, accessed 2010-06-09., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10581174