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the will to live

The Will to Live

I just
found out
from a
friend who
was there
thru it
all that
the bed
they had
me in
for three
days on
the IC
ward after
my surgery
was too
short &
my feet
hung off
the end.

 

Not only
that but
I was
going thru
nicotine
withdrawal &
my blood
pressure &
heart rate
were so
off the
charts high
they didn’t
expect
me to
pull thru.

 

I sang
rousing German
um-pa-pa
songs
in my
delirium
shaking the
whole time
like someone
doing the
Saint Vitus
dance,
& on some
indestructible
instinct
grabbed at
the nurse’s
breasts
everytime she
bent over me.

 

That,
my friend
told me,
is when
he knew
I would
make it.

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the power of persuasion

The Power of Persuasion

 

First he
said it
this way
& then
he said
it that
& then
he bought
a gun &
said it
another way.

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the edge

The Edge

Getting up
at sunrise
gives me
an edge
over the
whole town
except maybe
the black
schizophrenic
who has
been railing
against the
spirit world
since 3 a.m.

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the candyman of hope

The Candyman of Hope

The Candyman
of Hope.

 

Glazed like
a jellybean,
glowing like
kryptonite.

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the holiday season

The Holiday Season

Memorial Day
has come &
gone so
has Mother’s
Day &
Father’s Day
& the
first day
of summer
the days
are getting
shorter but
no one
notices the
earth tilt
Jazz in
the Valley
has packed
up its
horns &
here comes
Labor Day &
four days
of rodeo
with no
place to
park.

 

If I can
make it
thru that
Halloween is
a breeze
I just
sit in
the dark
saying the
rosary &
don’t open
the door
& Thanksgiving
is mostly
a matter
of finding
excuses to
turn down
dinner
invitations.

 

Then comes
the long
haul to
Christmas &
New Year’s
& the
attrition
is brutal.
Guilt trips
& presents
piety &
past ghosts
the suicide
rate soars
but we
hang on
like pit bulls
year after
year after
year.

 

A slow
fall into
Valentine’s
Day a
drink-crazed
Saint Patrick’s
Day Easter
& then
it’s time
once again
to honor
the boys
that we
send off
to be
slaughtered.

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the major tom conspiracy

The Major Tom Conspiracy

Sending Major
Tom into
outer space
was a
conspiracy that
paved the
way for
Kennedy’s assassination
James Dean’s fatal
car crash
Hurricane Katrina
& the
mortgage scandal.

 

So much
hinges on his
safe return.

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