What is Metaphysics
Metaphysics is the door to a courtroom
that you walk through to find Aquinas
beside a massage table. And he proceeds
to wash your feet although they are clean.
It is a fly’s wing. The silver branching
on the wing’s vellum. As discussed before
it is the eye prior to its loss of sight. But
also all the staring white and sightless eyes.
In a children’s illustrated Pilgrim’s Progress
Christian walks through the darkened valley
and the skulls and femurs kick up in piles
on either side his path. In this picture meta-
physics is nothing. It has shaken hands with
allegory and left. The City of Destruction
shimmers in the heat like a mirage and fades
while metaphysics, solid as a chalkboard,
scratches away at the simplest number, 1.