Mudlark No. 39 (2010)

Plastic #2 (High Density Polyethylene)

Relax. Listen to your eyes as they embark on separate journeys.

HDPE is the polymer plastic used in the production of milk jugs, detergent bottles 
and Hula Hoops.

Focus on nothing and you’ll find 
HOPE, instead.

This walleyed position is known, when it occurs medically, as diverging strabismus. 
The trick is to relinquish conscious control. In fact, this technique can also be used to 
discover the hidden sailboat, or space shuttle, in those frustrating computer-generated 
pictures, which at first glance appear to be nothing more 
than gaudy, flowered wallpaper.

Once you’ve managed to achieve this for yourself, hold it. 
Extend your duration with each attempt.  
Build your retinal stamina.  

Soon, you’ll have the happy experience of filling reusable canvas bags with HOPE
instead of plastic, each time you visit your local grocer.  

With practice you may even manage to spin 
HOPE around your waist 
hips perfectly synchronized with the undulating wobble
of the earth’s precession, the pulse of a Hawaiian Pop Song.

Drew Dillhunt | Mudlark No. 39 (2010)
Contents | Plastic #7 (Other: Nylon)