Thinking about God's version of the Draft Board:
RAPTUREThe mailman drops his parcels and falls to his knees in the middle of the street as a light comes through the clouds and makes the commotions of the city radiate gold tones like the frozen poses of ancient photographs found under the stairs of every parent’s house that aging children have to close. You see the mailman on his knees and wonder why he’s praying, hardly aware of the increase in light or the music that blares all the big band music of trumpets and saxophones that disguise the grind of passing cars, it’s such a shame that religious fanatics are hired to deliver the mail, you think, so much depends on what comes through the System, envelopes full of what’s owed and what’s not covered by any plan that can be written down; you run the water in the sink, you wonder where did the clouds go? There is no rain anywhere, says the radio announcer, and the light is tremendous all over the globe, there is not a dark corner in any corner or nook on the earth, And then the radio gives out to static, and the TV releases itself to snow, the music in the street is very loud and swinging hard to the left and the right and then right down the middle as all the notes scurry brilliantly through the hedges and up the driveways, into the homes with each reed instrument improvising disembodied melodies that form their own sheet music, That is a very loud set of speakers in that passing car, you think. and the radio announcer cuts through the music and says something you hear as that millions of people all over the world have just vanished in lain site under bright light and big bang music, gone in a wisp and puff of smoke, You look at your watch and note that it’s time for lunch, the clouds have fallen over the city again, the sky darkens, the shapes of the neighborhood take on their deep hues again, saddened with history, dense in dumb witness to what never ends, You stop, look out the window; you turn off the water you ran, in the middle of the street, by itself, flat on the cement, The mailman’s bag and his clothes, topped by his hat, kissed by a cool breeze.