Stephen Mead

Stephen Mead

Opening Systems


This is a planet. This,

a person. This other,

a bureaucracy.

Know your part.

Combinations change——

the waltz of stars,

of genes, cells, balance


waiting in line

for years, years…

Configurations figure.

How? Why?

Figure your figure

in the figures——

numbers, names, shapes…

the galaxy of spiraling skin

& within:

connections, close

as poles, their uses,

similarities driven

apart, cast

off, out

of bounds——

Novas, statistics, echoes

of light, of heartbeats…

Statesmen, Scientist, Lover,

if any of you refuse

to stay open (it hurts)

open (it affirms)

to the other’s universe.

Stephen Mead is an Outsider multi-media artist and writer.  Since the 1990s he’s been grateful to many editors for publishing his work in print zines and eventually online.  He is also grateful to have managed to keep various day jobs for the Health Insurance.