f is for force

f is for force followed by
a matrix quote:
the world has been pulled over your eyes to
keep you from seeing the truth
just before we dig into deep theories about
the structure of the universe

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the sun
not a bad understudy
for my face

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sign spinners in statue of liberty costume
(what i want to describe is the shine and shade of that fabric)
blooming on sidewalk corners like a perennial flower
in the time of tax-preparing

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unnamed phenomena #543400:
how we may not know each other well
but because of mutual friends
and art crushes
it’s as if we do
a sort of assumed adoration

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overheard conversation slice
outside room #2250
after bolivia privatized the water

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gigantic houndstooth printed backpack
i compliment

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you could all look around and say
here we go again
or
there are no accidents

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this is a public university
he tells us
built on a land trust
part of the UC system
which is the largest public institution in the world

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when a professor uses the phrase
hot second
in the first few sentences
on the first day of class
you know it’s gonna be good
when a professor introduces
the seven points of structural/institutionalized racism
on the first day of class
you know it’s gonna be even better
when the professor uses the word sacred
in an honest way
you know it’s going to be untouchable
when a professor says
your job is to rewrite the world
and asks the students to consider the generations of struggle
that brought them to this room
and says i believe you’re worth suffering for
(in a non-martyr way) well
you know you are in the right universe if not
the right planet if not
the right room