Night and Day

 

I grind my teeth

But rhythmically

As if the radio in my head

Plays a hit parade

And my jaw drums along

Something to do

When on another boring walk

Along the lower campus

On a night that promised anything

But interesting

 

Now it happens in

The way that people talk about

That makes it a problem

In my sleep

 

I think it happens so hard that

I move my teeth around

There is an overbite, an underbite

A space that I did not have before

I guess that’s a problem

And I’m not awake

To enjoy the syncopation

As the beat, beat, beat

Promised in the big-band song

Or maybe something from a musical

Or the music that marshals characters

In an adventure film

 

What kind of protest

Do I not know about,

That my mouth must make

In subtext

Underneath the consciousness?

I should find out:

My goodness, life can be so strange

 

C L Couch

 

 

“Night and Day”

Cole Porter, songwriter

 

https://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/night_and_day/

part of a creative coding project that can be downloaded

 

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