Thursday, February 09, 2006

three o'clock am (2006)

Somebody once told me
that one of these days
I was going to learn
----the world isn't a nice place
at three o'clock in the morning

But the world isn't
a nice place

the world is
it is child
that never gives up the breast

the world is the blackjack benefactor
a house
that takes all

On good days
I gain inspiration
count it all joy
see it as service
as Congresswoman Chisholm said
the rent we pay for living on earth

other days
the world is
a green exit sign
that hangs above my door
causing me to ruminate
on troubled thoughts
gulping them down greedily
without pause

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