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06. Featuring: A D Winans

FOR NEAL CASSADY

 

You left your blood behind

on a cocaine stained railway track

down along Mexico way

Your bones cold as an unlined overcoat

drifting the sea in an unmanned life boat

You rode life to the end of the line and back

leaving behind a legend of words

to masturbate the mind

The death certificate read ‘General Congestion’

but the body burned in flames

and the Beat marched on

you a finely turned sports car racing the

back streets of America from near and far

leaving your mark behind like skid marks

on the back roads of America

MRS. AMERICA

 

Looks like Madonna

 

Fucks like a robot

 

IQ of 100

 

Took home economics

 

Has parenting skills

 

Says, Yes Dear

 

And means it

 

Doesn’t mind you going out

 

With the boys

 

Complains only to herself

 

Never has a headache

STRETCHING THE IMAGINATION

 

      Ex-barfly

      ex-drunk

      diminished Don Juan

      kissing the pages with my words

      No stash graying moustache

      watching Larry Curly and Moe

      down at the Last Picture Show

      Head gears in reverse

      going back in time

      pork loin roast and sweet potatoes

      roasted on a fire of jazz

      here alone tonight

      dancing with my nerve ends

      feeling like a tightrope walker

      walking a high tension wire

TOUGH GUY POETS

 

You know who they are

They appear in the same magazines

Like hired bounty hunters

From the old frontier

 

No one is spared from their anger

Their words serving as bullets

For the mind.

 

They fill the small press magazines

Like sardines crammed into

A fat man’s mouth.

 

They talk about eating pussy

As if it were a vitamin supplement

Though their women might snicker

Behind their backs.

 

They do a lot of fucking

With the typewriter keys

Which translates into a lot of shucking.

Oh they look tough enough when

You meet them face to face

Strutting their stuff at city bars

Half-way into a drunk

But when they sober up

They’re little more than failed cowboys

Who were never invited to the shootout

At the OK Corral.

UN TITLED

 

the thought control police

pay me an unexpected visit

chasing me through one way streets

placing nets down below

when they see me on the roof

of an abandoned hotel

 

they want me alive

I’m no good to them dead

they chase me up and down the

fire escape like keystone cops

 

there is no eluding them

much to the amusement of the alley women

munching on potato chips and sipping beer

 

at night they get serious

and bring in the big guns:

Bob Dylan and Arrested Development

Meat Loaf and The Grateful Dead

and should I somehow find shelter

there’s Joan Baez standing on a ladder

with no middle rung singing Amazing Grace

 

When I make it to the top of the mountain

I find a giant condo on top of a dinosaur’s nest

and while I don’t like the look on its face

I can’t bring myself to look down below

at the sight of the men with their torches

and flashlights looking like village idiots

in search of the son of Frankenstein

3300 CLUB

 

she sits alone at the

3300 Club

an Irish bar in the outer Mission

wearing wrinkled clothes

and pulled down hose

gives new meaning to weather beaten

sitting alone drinking staring

no one caring

her eyes fixed on the bar room

mirror looking like a pallbearer

back from a funeral

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