LAB NOTES: PAGE 1

Joyce Chong

 

on entropy,
on the dispersion of energy.

 

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1) through my flesh
2) through your bones
3) through the ground beneath us
while we lie like earthquakes underwater,
trembling and unseen]

 

i. energy moves in waves.
we are cascading. when
the pain trickles down like
riptide / like penance, we are
swallowed with it, an ocean of
debt, of satiety;

 

if the water settles,
the sediment sinks
beneath my body
and does not move
again.

 

ii. open wire, untouched.
electricity travels in a loop,
constantly spinning, erratic
and seeking stabilization.
hungry like fire, for earth,
for flesh, a path to take to
stop

 

you

 

twisting off, unraveling
into something new again,
something I don’t know.

 

iii. in perpetuity.
are you grounded
in the concrete are
you under-ground,
under-neath me?
from here,

 

all we can feel is the
earth shivering outwards,
hungry for us, our shaky
energy.

 

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