Thursday, August 09, 2012

Dear Facebook friend

When poets  sign up to be poets, it's not long before we  realize we also signed up to be damned fools in public. We can't  grow thick skins or wear armor, because it would  insulate us  from what  we need to feel to be  poets. So basically, when you interact  with me, you're interacting  with a crazy person from an ancient  tribe of crazy people.

We used to sit on hillsides   & watch armies  slaughter each other,  protected by consent of the leaders of the armies so  we would live to write about it;  some armies commanded by beautiful women with ten foot long spears , fifty pounds of exquisite  silver jewelry on their necks & arms,   & tangled red hair down to their butts, &  warriors who spread phosphorescent fungi on their genitals &  fought at night. It may appear to the uninformed that we're doing something else, perhaps something frivolous or petty or useless. We saw lineages of a thousand years wiped off the face of the earth. Who, after witnessing such an  event, wouldn't prefer to praise a single golden samphire clinging to a sand dune?

Those right wing assholes on the radio are a whole different kind of crazy, chickenshit most of them. When they came up the hillside to sit with the poets, thinking we were chickenshit too, we cut off their  dishonorable fuckin' heads & stuck them on poles for the birds to eat.  Just thought you needed a little history lesson before you posted your next comment.

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