Laminate: the noun as an object/the verb as a fetish (a poem)

Written in part while watching a documentary about Joseph Beuys.

The trip has so many legs
it can probably stand on its own—
meaning I don’t have to leave the house

At six and a half hours
I could put the car in gear
and drive there myself

But the subject
is not cooperating
with the rest of the sentence

It insists on objecting
inserting itself
into every blank

When the artists senses
death is near
death is no deterrent
merely an end in itself

The grains of sand
on the paper
give the laminate a rough surface

Something for the gold leaf to hold onto

(26 October 2021)

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