The world uses us in that way--we are the backsided-brainwash of society's failure--the aftersound
of oppression, but we know this maxim, and yet become willing participants to our own commodification, which simply means we are caught up in the failure of capitalism.
The stairs speak again under your foot / the heavy parlor door folds shut / and Claire de Lune / puckers from the obedient keys / plain as a schoolroom clock ticking / and what I hear more clearly than Debussy's / lovesong is the dry aftersound
/ of your long nails clicking.
What Wyclif remembers from childhood is the accidental breaking of the leg of a lamb, "the aftersound
of its splintering" (8).