The Cartel's Prophecy

from Kite, Noah S. by Noah Kite

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The title gives you no clue to the content, so I'll explain.

Circling above PDX, waiting to land after a year abroad, I was watching the end of The Counselor. If you don't know it, it's a film about a lawyer who, in an attempt to make some money on the side, becomes entangled in nefarious dealings that ultimately consume him and everyone he loves. Toward the end, Michael Fassbinder is on the phone, pleading with the cartel he has inadvertently ripped off, trying to negotiate his wifes return. He's getting shut down pretty hard by the head of the cartel who is casually waxing philosophical. Michael is fucked. But it is the way in which he is fucked that proved prophetic for myself. Cormac McArthy, who's prose are magnificent for the page but stilted for the screen, etched the problem I was about to face in eloquent detail. As Micheal struggles to understand, this cartel head explains the true futility of his position, saying "the world in which you seek to undo the mistakes you have made is different from the world in which the mistakes were made. You are now at the crossing, and you want to choose, but there is no choosing, there is only accepting. The choosing was done a long time ago." I listened to these words, unaware that I had and was about to continue making the same mistake. Here is a little more context:


Back in the states
feeling broken and out of place
like the post car crash shoulder blade
trying to hammer this sense of home
into shape

when you wont touch me
and you works what you balme
or so you say its
the weight
but really I think you never forgave
for going away

we’re on the edge
of summer and the rest
of our lives
I can only guess
but it would be easier if you would come to bed

and now
its all out
you know I cant live
waiting to be found
by those emotions you burried down
in the foreign soils of common ground
so I’m going to see what
I can find
and if its someone else
dont be surprised
if after I can still look you in the eyes
when saying
good bye


from Kite, Noah S., released February 9, 2017


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