Jackson Nieuwland

2 POEMS

 

  1. I am growing a new brain, without the flaws of my existing one.
  2. There is no space in my skull to grow a new brain so I am growing it in my chest.
  3. Once the new brain has finished growing, the old brain will be unnecessary.
  4. I will discard it into the compost bin where worms will wriggle along synaptic pathways.
  5. My new brain will come with a new personality.
  6. I will be more comfortable in social situations and better able to come up with things to say. I will think in words instead of waves of colour.
  7. I will use the extra space freed up in my skull to store secret possessions: knives, coins, bags of popcorn.
  8. I will use the extra space freed up in my skull to think of ways to further improve my body.
  9. My list so far includes: tail, wings, breasts.
  10. My new brain will come up with so many more.

 

 

  1. I travel back in time to the moment
  2. I travel back in time
  3. So two versions of me travel back in time to the moment
  4. I travel back in time
  5. So four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two
  6. Versions of me travel back in time to the moment
  7. I travel back in time
  8. I keep going until there are billions of me
  9. Until there are more of me than all other people put together
  10. Until I am always touching myself.

 

 

Jackson Nieuwland (Wellington, NZ) is melting. Soon they will be a puddle on the floor. The puddle will soak through the floorboards and be absorbed by the earth beneath. The earth is very thirsty; it needs all the fluids it can get.