Ode to Wesley Snipes’ CGI eyes in an alternate ending to masterpiece of early 21st century film, Blade: Trinity
I get it, Wes –
some days all I can do is phone it in myself,
uncooperative as a dead vampire
on a hospital bed. Most days I’m too
obstreperous to love the things I love.
If I had a stunt double
he’d be living my life for me by now.
He’d do my workouts, write my papers;
eventually there would be some debate
as to which of us was the real Liam.
I don’t mean to abdicate – but neither
would I like to die a slow death
by inactivity without so much as a
cheap pair of CGI eyes, hard bargain
for safe passage across the veil.
We see the dead more sharply than the living
 In some ways my good days are worse than my bad.
I feel like my stunt double. Unable to offer
the intransigent body a sliver of quarter.
 We sit on minor seconds reaching to
resolve to our roots. We wear masks of cotton,
not wax. Our time ever shorter.
Liam Burke (@liamjmburke) lives in Ottawa, Canada, on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe land. He is most recently the co-author of 'machine dreams' with natalie hanna (collusion books, 2021) and ‘Orbital Cultivation’ with Manahil Bandukwala (2x4, forthcoming). His work has most recently appeared in Savant-Garde, the Jupiter Review, and long con magazine.