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Here we are again labias and genitals let loose from our own personalized bondage to attempt once
more to find the ending to this fire ant’s farm of unreasonable and otherwise unseasonable coughing
fits in this the generic over the counter logic known as the “one and only way” in order to find some
truth within the guidelines set to soggy bass lines in a free form treasure map titled ”untied until tilted “
where clearly scribbled in measure 138 are the rules to total happiness which are stated as followed you
are born you are learned then you are burned oh wait a goddamn minute wasn’t there supposed to be
something about being happy in there oh well
Posted on Tree at Art, Poetry Fair, Silverton, OR
Under a Crayola sky
and a festive landscape,
we walked by sea or
granny smith green branches,
mustard, even pumpkin,
and cranberry branches.
The sky was a pacific,
midnight, or maybe denim blue.
From a cool evening,
warm melting wax
of laser lemon
oozed on the edges.
White aspens and birches and dark weeping willows
and black oaks were electrified with electric lime,
screaming or yelling jungle,
full of fern and inchworm green.
What is sea or spring green
in a Willamette Valley springtime?
All meaningless people
Doing meaningless things
For the sake of people that mean nothing to them.
Want is one thing
Greed is another.
For the mere sake of their fellow damned.
I can no longer sit here and watch young girls
Hike their skirts up
As they slip their bras down,
That “that one man” will come for them.
what you receive is entirely based upon what you gift.
The fall of man.
spilling out and over listening to yawn and hiccup of
people preachers someone knew. Indoors on ugly carpet
feet bleeding begging for an ounce of grace
but Nothing comes, faster than he could even run
a curlyheaded gauntfaced lover shouting from the lawn
shouting from the lawn to our thick windows how to care he
taught us all a hell of a lot of things but not about
how to die so we will live I guess,
when all we want to do is watch the thin lips tremble
tongue and heart and hands run rampant because
he was an Opinion
growling about hurt and burnt and
scared first sex and angry loving wretchedness and
how to grow and hate, respect, the dying
starry tigers in your simple supernova eyes.
They built the pyramids for you and you didn’t
even blink. They hung the birds midflight through
skyscrapers the other afternoon in New York
City and waited all night for your clipped warm
approval but it didn’t come because
you were in Africa starving for royalty and
reading Socialist essays so they took them down
and now the skyscrapers are crumbling.
I took a look around and decided
not to cry.
Truman was feeding Lunchables to Laguna Lake geese when a towering Neanderthal
Slapped him with his country club cane and asked him if he’d read his daily Isaiah
Truman said, “No sir,” and was blasted like Ringo’s drum with just a dash of criticism
The Neanderthal threw Truman a haphazard Rolex before ascending into God-knows-where
But before Truman could pawn it, three beatniks nabbed Truman’s soul
Truman awoke in Bakersfield, taking hits off a lit jerky.
Truman was eradicating the zydeco from his iPod one afternoon in Paris
When some fat-fingered book ‘legger called his unhealthy cell
And asked him if he wanted a copy of either Ecclesiastes or Fritz the Cat
Truman accepted the former
After all, he once ganked Brautigan’s razor so counterculture made him queasy
“How much will that all be?” asked Truman as Bitches Brew went to the gods
“Search your heart. There is no try,” said the book ‘legger
A genuine non-sequitur. And during the dusk of Truman’s lunch hour, too!
Truman used to come over to my place after M*A*S*H
In order to poke his mythologies in my neck
This was after I achieved Tommy Lee Gatz’s goals
And became the first Jew on academic probation
My folks walked out on me in order to adopt a studious refugee
Who managed to send me daily death threats on YouTube
Truman would sit at his Commodore all day, trying to persuade the moderators
That as I had written some good screenplays in ‘06
I was worth saving.
Truman wanted to register liberal so that he could defeat the draft
But he couldn’t shit on Zionists, teetotalers, and the freedom to choose virginity
So one night in Baghdad, he decided he’d start his own battle
When the soldiers awoke, Truman declared War on Juggalos
And sat in the hot Iraqi sun as Our Troops put each other in body bags.
Back when I was in university, a girl on Floor 9 wanted me dead
A made-up clown, she made every day look like Halloween
Every Saturday, Truman would show up at my apartment
And, having left his electroconvulsive equipment at home,
He’d tell me that life is just a cup of root beer
It’s always shorter than you wanted it to be
Might as well reap what you sow before God starts looking grim.
Breaking the surface of the pomegranate
felt like penetrating human skin.
The purple blood trickled down my fingers
and splashed onto the meat of my bare foot.
I saw it falling towards the ground,
and even though there was ample time to react,
I was unable to pull away.
I felt knuckle deep in fresh Jello
or 15 minutes into a hot shower
on a winter morning.
I knew I had to let go,
but my body refused.
She used to adore me in the days of short recess
The lean, made-up face, wonderful, beautiful, godlike
But last night after I entered that packed, old football stadium
I saw her flirting behind bleachers of familiar faces
And when she came into my range I took careful note
And when I prepared a conversation
Well-thought up and full of her destinies
She simply turned away as if she had never met me before.