Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Vibrations


Dark Matter Dark Mind

As galaxies outwardly swing,
The mystery mass is the thing:
They thought it was gravity
But all is a cavity—
So physics was left holding strings.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Who do you think you are?

Suburban Prophet

I was told Rudy used to be the richest man in town
but was struck by lightning and
now believes he's Jesus.
I don't think he is.
He doesn't look like Jesus,
but he does look like he's been struck by lightning.

Usually he is found outside the Woolworths.
His altar:
standing by the benches
where people eat their bacon sandwiches.

Rudy can be heard
from all over,
calling out
his message.
Mainly consisting of him being Jesus.

I do find it uneasy,
the stereotype
that the only black man in town
thinks he's Jesus.
Or is mentally ill.
Or crazy.
Or bored.

I heard he lives in the underpass by the railroad,
the one where the street performers play their guitars
hoping passersby will dispense extra cash
on the way back
from the shop.
I don't believe this
since I never see him preaching there
or sleeping.
So that fact doesn't sound like one at all.

What I also don't believe?
Rudy is Jesus.
Not because I don't believe in Jesus,
or a black Jesus,
like that episode of Good Times.
Rudy probably would have thought that was Dyn-O-Mite.
I just can't picture Jesus hollering to the skies
declaring himself Jesus.

That said, I haven't met a person who doesn't like Rudy.
Someone is always giving him a cigarette
or talking to him.
I never see people give him food,
so maybe he does have money.
Though, I think if he did have money,
he could afford to by some shoes.

I suppose Jesus didn't wear shoes either.
And I don't recall him having money.
Though, I do remember once, Rudy said he was going to make it rain.
I didn't believe him,
but, at that moment, it did.
The clouds had been out all day,
so I guess the probability was strong
that it would rain,
but it was still unnerving.

If he really did get struck by lightning,
perhaps he has some connection with the weather.
Jesus was able to calm a storm.
Maybe Rudy was the cause of his own lightning strike.
He did it to himself,
not having enough control
over his powers.
That is another reason I don't believe he's Jesus.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

A way with words

Elocutionary Advice

You might engage your jowls
To gather round your vowels.
And consonants slide better
With lips a little wetter.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

PRI: Phones, Radios, & Intercourse

The Life & Times (or Action/Adventures) of the Telemarketer and Her Poor Brainwashed and Enraptured Audience

i wanna
have sex
with one
of those
very
driven
pledge
drive
women
& see
how truly
sincere
& earnest
she really is
how far she
is willing
to go for
the cause
what really
goes on
behind
closed
doors
if her
non-verbals
& body language
actually match
& meet up
with her
body language
non-verbals
how giving
& generous
& passionate
& creative
or something
of a control freak
& has a whole
list of dos
& don'ts
(even
directions
& lecture
right on
the spot
if you
should
happen
to take
chances
& enter
into un-
chart-
her-
stare-
at-
ya
how
neu-
rotic
breaks
down
to lack
of erotic
& episodic
)guilt &
conflict
for being
neurotic( hit the road
& leave
a check
on her
night
table
maybe
a little
tickler
or sticky
on the
clock-
radio
thanking
her for her
contribution
& please
no need
to call.
by Joseph Reich
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Monday, September 29, 2014

A Parent's Advice

 The English Version
I don't hold with bilingualism. English was good enough for Jesus Christ.
  - Ralph Melnyk
If God wanted you to read
the Ten Commandments
in Spanish, father said, don't
you think He would have written
them in that language? Then why
are you studying a foreign language?
He chose to write them in English,
according to Hollywood, and they're
never wrong about matters like this.
The film companies have big lawyers
representing them. They don't make
a move without getting advice first
from their lawyers. Jesus Christ also
speaks in English. In the old days He
used to speak in Latin, but that caused
church goers to stay away. Why pray
to God, if you have to get your prayer
translated first? That involves middlemen.
That's why you should be so happy
you were born a Jew. Because bad
things were said about us as a people
no one wants to be our middleman,
step between us, because
his back will be exposed.


The Future is Nebulous

Why should we do anything for posterity? What has posterity ever done for us?
  - Joseph Addison
Why should I care, father said,
for the future? What has the future
done for me, except kept me waiting?
The future is always tomorrow,
and yet it never comes. It's like
the horizon, you never get there.
You can't sneak up on it. I'm
a prisoner of time. Maybe,
I'm being selfish, but I find
if I take care of the present,
then the future takes care of itself.
The future is more yours than mine.
You're younger. Therefore, you
have a better chance of seeing it
at work. By the time the future arrives,
I'll be dead. That's why I hang on
to the past as long as I can. You
see this hat. I've been wearing it
the last twenty years. Will I be
wearing it the next twenty? I
doubt it. I'll probably misplace it.
The mind plays tricks on you.
You think it's operating at
one hundred percent capacity.
But it gets as old as the body.

 

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