praxis: practice or exercise or an art, science, or skill; practical application of theory; convention or custom; often used in philosophical, educational or spiritual contexts.
Fear of Catatonia
In the summer of ’69, Stillman became paralyzed
in front of a Swanson TV dinner
and had to be trundled to the loony bin.
He had not budged in 72 hours.
He couldn’t answer his own question:
Do I like peas? Or not?
Stillman was once Tranquelle’s lover;
on medication, he claimed not to know her.
She swore never to feel affection again.
Now, she wakes in the morning,
sits on the porch with a cup of coffee, and idles
through the day, barely stirring.
The fear of catatonia gives focus to her praxis.
Nothing is my utmost contribution, she says.
When she says anything.