DID I MENTION THAT I LOVE YOU

 

1971

1971

there’s a wolverine in the basement

two crows on the roof

 

reminding the devil to trust no one

no god-boy’s burden of proof

 

since Ulysses ate Prufrock

spat his barnacles on the deck

 

and Miguel shaved the iceman

scrubbed his toilet groomed his pets

 

after Joan rebuilt her Buick

parked and tarped under the shed

 

still my black-assed Irish tongue

licks the ears of the living dead

 

chosen by the woven letters

selected by the collected trust

 

my mother remains the beat inside

me swimming my father’s dust

 

there’s no reason to trust me here

no resurrection of blind hope

 

that only happens when floating

dying rivers and mining dope

 

or logging facts regarding senile

black cats and old stags in rut

 

you’re the daylight fire banking

sleepless nights that kick my butt

 

who knows how you want justice

what earth kings or heavens send

 

ghost horses galloping silent

you’re the blooming moon my friend

 

you are that voice marking my breath

yes you’re the reason I begin

 

you’ve always helped me ignore

the bullshit always helped me pretend

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