I read this poem at the Beat Museum last Sunday. –CM
A superficial reading of one of these poems [in the book of lyrics by Kerouac] led me to believe he was referring to Burroughs — the section where Kerouac is taking down the words of old junkie Bill Garver — I think he calls him Bill Gaines — “Boy if you only knew how good dem bacons and dem eggs is, you’d give up poetry boy and dig in,”etc. — the theme carries through about five choruses [of the book].
O magic countless in time this morning,
O risen sun late on the horizon,
San Rafael, your office workers
with shiny hair and backpacks
a tow in endless motion and still asleep
on sleek commuter buses
do not notice the copy of Mexico City Blues
beside my bag on the seat cushion
next to me.
This workaday I will play tag
and I am still in that reverie
as the bus pulls into
a transfer stop.
Now workers with grit-worn shirts
standing in line at a deli
smile as they fill
cups of coffee and pay.
In the Canal the street are dim
candlelight from the ones
holding prayer vigils
against the ICE raids
shines in sweet candescence.
Earth kisses the sun
ii sing of love’s purity
while my anger rises from my chest
as my my sweat rolls down my
unbroken chain of being, how can I hold you?
I don’t need to,
the summer signs into my heart and
the warmth melts my ire as
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Ernest’s psychopathy was recognized at an early age. The local constabulary knew of his exploits as a child; torturing animals, stealing, getting into fights. After a certain number of offenses, his data was automatically sent to Langley, where his case was reviewed to see if he was recruitment material. He was. At sixteen, after an arrest for assault, two men appeared at his parents’ front door. They explained they could help Earnest and integrate him into society, and they needed his certain skills. The parents were only too relieved to get him off their hands. Earnest was trained with a few others in the arts of assassination. He took to his work like a duck to water. He couldn’t believe his luck: he was going to be a government approved killer! Never mind who he was going to kill…that was other peoples’ concern. He was given a position at one of the major news outlets, a good place to gather information and be another invisible suit. Earnest got his “nick” name because of his ability to just snick the carotid artery of his victims so that they bled internally as if they’d had an embolism. His skill was much admired. Now only eighteen, he’d already made his bones by offing three whistleblowers. He enjoyed placing the nasty phone calls to his victims, warning and intimidating them. He thought the USA was the greatest country in the world.
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Downward spiral of ego out of control.
Common sense taken out of the game.
If you haven’t been paying attention,
you’re in big trouble.
Mamos “destroy by creating the age
What is important to people these days?
Art? Love? Truth?
Guns are right up there.
Fighting is entertainment.
Terror is organized.
World economy based on war.
Can you tell me this is not the trend?
Can you point to any well know
idealist/realist that has not been
murdered or marginalized?
Can you point to anyone in charge
that is not a criminal or insane?
Disneyland is what they want
you to believe,
while they pick your pockets.
destroy your children,
ignore the mess.
It will get to the point where
cannibalism is fashionable.
You’ve been warned.