songanddancegirl

"It's about words, and words are all I have…"

zimmy what did u mean when u said everything is broken?

my poet died this week   my time with him was

short+bleak  or was it long+hard?  hard to know

so long ago  that we sat in various haunts  where

he would pretend to read my poems  without his

glasses

 

maybe they were better that way   back in those

days  i used 3+4 letter words  +rhymed obsessively

you remind me of busta rhymes!  he said   i thought

it was a compliment   but now he’s dead   our thread

cancelled    when he jumped

 

but you know   that other jewish poet  with hair like me

rhymed way more prodigiously  +he won a nobel   to

which he said  go to hell   (busta rhymin for your amusement)

they shoot horses   and some old poets

 

i always thought zimmy looked like a girl rabbi   his voice

now a saw  on the cartilage of middle age   while grey

hair sprouts  in the pandemonium of corona   the way

everything did

 

when i was young   when death+taxes   divorce+cancer

were highly theoretical  +falling out of love  the great mystery

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i enjoyed the seafood chowder at the Gladstone with pretty

Aprill  but had to go back to the kitchen with my wide bowl &

say  more broth for God’s sake   more baguette   how about

some fucking butter?  (Watermelon Kindness  David Donnell  2010)

 

 

Spring 2020   RIP David Donnell  ..poet extraordinaire +man about town..

 

 

and we gotta get ourselves back to the garden bud

lately i have been buying up masks  apocalypseporn

shopping for the forlorn  covidsexual   i don’t so much

mind being masked  at least the socially acceptable smile

is cancelled  they cannot see (thankfully) what u really feel

and it is not beatific  think of all the uncensored  fuckyous!

 

(smile!! they said  in the midst of my recent cancer tour)

*don’t worry i took their numbers

 

it seems to me   this is the dream   u cannot wake up  from

no matter how hard u pluck at your eyes   the now   has become

one of   those   dreams:    a lion   a nazi    a gun

 

and a guy  who says: you have a choice  either shoot yourself   or i shoot u      boohoo

 

ok!  WILL YOURSELF AWAKE   timetravel  back to your

real life   rife with fights  +vicissitudes   shit blowing in  from

the dark recesses  of a cousin’s closet  clobbbbbbbers u       history gone virrrrrrrral

 

maybe the best we can do  is wakeup to:  what we  were

i.e.,  old    alive+dying  all at once    i cannot go on     i must

go on     she does not move

 

*(to paraphrase beckett)    hey  at least i’m giving him credit!

 

stuck here

in the mud

of a deep fugue

as i do battle  with the invisible sun king ☀️    avert your eyes

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these are on sale ..39 cents a dozen..

there is no vaccine for extraversion..

 

Spring  2020

we are golden jerry golden!

at the risk of sounding bitter  i cannot help but

shudder  NASA will spend 81 billion on a launch

today   while in our neck of terrestrial hell  a very

special window  is under construction  at our

96 yr. old mother’s rez

 

this window will be made of  used kryptonite  at a

cost of 69 cents   no expense spared to reunite us

now separated by the spikeycoronabastard for 3 mts.

 

this as heathenhipsters  fill our parks  with sweat+bathos

sorry  no child of god present  s/he was crucified up at

yasgur’s farm  in 69

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Spring  2020  🦇🦇☀️☀️☀️

please don’t be dead

last night watched a dead poet for almost 3 hrs

on my screen  tompetty  all hopped up + shaking

like a mover

 

nothing but dead shamans + covid 19

 

today visited brother’s grave   buried whitepowder

under a whitepine tree   winds gale force  tree unbending

 

powder  unrepenting+free

 

lastdays dwindling   at a florida turtle preserve   this entire

story   reeks of mythology   but  so  did  he

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Spring 2020   RIP Marty

not her first rodeo

 

our mother’s 1st quarantine was in 1931  at 7

in a sanatorium for tuberculins +the fevered

clothes burned before+after  frankly scarlet

 

i have the photo  she stands beside a tree  all

dickensian+waif   thin ragdress  palliddistress

not smiling  like those dustbowl kids  begrimed

+saintly

 

her sister julie  was taken by the other plague

the diphtheria  at 6   all trials are etched into

the central nervous system  yet mother’s doc is

blithely unaware of this

 

when she peppers me with pointed less questions

i play dead   what else can a girl do  as the covid

stalks her old mother

 

that early stint in solitary  paved the way for

a lifetime of dreading  ALONE   yet yesterday

she asked for a break  from  the facephone  !

 

can u all give me some space!  the couch is getting

crowded  and my brownbroth awaits   2 bowls!

as god is my witness   i’ll never be hungry again

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..as god is my witness they’re not going to lick me..

i’m going to live through this if i have to lie, cheat,

steal or kill ..   (Scarlett  1936  + Frances  2020)

 

 

Spring 2020  ..8 weeks in solitary +counting..

 

 

amnesia is a coping skill.. *friedrich nietzsche

apparently so is holding in every feeling  you have had

since 1976  (year of  teenaged marriage  to numero uno)

the problem is:  bizarre breakout crymoans   which shall

heretofore be known as:  b to the 2nd +c 

 

think  being shivved

think  suckerpunch  suckers

think  racingheartmortis from  the backlog    (oh the backlog  said a loser uncle)

 

think  it’s my party + i’ll cry if i  fuckingwantto

 

don’t worry

just joshin yas

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..i am not a man  i am dynamite..  

(Friedrich Nietzsche  Ecce, Destiny, 1)

 

 

 

** ..the ability to self numb + dissociate  can lead to abrupt alien abduction  

(a to the 3rd)  as feelings are in high demand on frozen planets..    

(AAC  psycho therapist+poet)

 

 

Spring 2020 ..hands up if u really want trump in a mask?..

 

 

when covidconvicts touch

 

yesterday i drove up  the dreaded bathurst st.  home of

my live mother  +my 31 yrs. dead   dad    a pilgrimage

grim+covid    blame the powers that be  for this bungled

travesty

 

orange don  who certainly has covid-toes  the thought

of which  in addition to his haircovered bits   is vomitous

then there is our own soft-talker  a salt+peppered vampire

rubbing his hands together   all snakeoil+slime

 

but i digress   this poem is about the fallout   the time is now

for otherwise healthy 90+ yr. olds  to find themselves wheelchair

bound  after being left in broomclosets in quebec

 

mother and i stood like convicts  touching the virus-sprackled

window at her rez   did u ever wonder why convicts touch their

hands to the glass?     u better sit down

 

an electrical current passes thru the membranes!  resulting in

instant imprinting   upon death those very DNA particles  lead

convicts  + the gassed   straight BACK to each other

 

my old mother cannot fathom why her formerly erudite neighbour

is slackjawed+demented this morning   why it’s the covid mummy

 

the what??   

THE COVID !!

oh

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Spring 2020  ..let us in..

old ludicrosities re-visited

TO  BE  OR  NOT  TO  BE   HAUNTED & NEUROTIC*

Now 1/2 empty  in shimmering dilapidation   remembering

the days of kittenish anticipation   Almost spoiled the sweet

Thanksgiving spuds    Too much chaos in old psyche  to use

utensils with care   Sauce does not fair  well   ginger allspice

nutmeg  in heaps  tastes earthy  old  unsweet   (throw the

orange motherfuckers out!   my inner poltergeist screams)

 

How To Re-Invent Yourself at 60  For Dummies   the book is

called   1/2 of me wants to crawl under a rock   1/4 wants to

eat cake   1/4 wants to soar  once more  before  mortis  motherless    +terrific

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In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are

emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, you

are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were. I don’t know

what I am. I don’t know if I am or not. 

William Faulkner   As I Lay Dying  1930

 

 

*OCTOBER  2014*  ..now 63..re-invention tour over..fuck cake+rocks+soaring..+covid

calling all clingons

holy extraversion batman!

 

all of humanities problems stem from man’s 

inability to sit quietly in a room  alone

(Blaise Pascal  1623-1662)

 

STOP  all the zooming  +breadbaking

u craft desperados  fer chrissakes  u

who want life eternal  cannot sit indoors

on a rainy sunday without wanting to leap

 

could this be fate bringing our extraverted

famewhoring  world  to its knees?   hey

a girl can dream

 

if u want immortality  yer gonna have to work

a little harder people!  during the black death

peaking from  1347-1351   200 million people died

 

but it continued in  WAVES   well into the 1600’s

when blaise was putting a few thoughts together

so get a fucking grip!   hermits rule  +it’s finally cool

to be one

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Spring  2020   ..hell is other people.. Jean Paul Sartre..+ H. Lee Atkins

in my basement room with a needle + a push up bra

jailed flowers in our park  1000 buck fine for dressing passive   (some shot on site)

piles of dead flowers on hillsides  beside elderly  tossed in heaps

if u r looking for alchemist’s gold  u will perhaps find it in discarded

locust husks  because plagues ‘r us?  this one’s biblical  proles   think

11 billion  swarming east africa  this minute  mass starvation airborne   now

 

black

dengue

aids

madcow

swine

bird

sars

mers

batshitcrazy

 

(sounds a lot like Passover  no?) ( except for: boils frogs firstborns murdered)

 

so hands up   who loves the herd  now?  with its  mammalian ludicrosities 

can’t steal that one  it’s fuckingfaulkner!  but seriously  some faulty conscience

chip  has led to this  the woman screaming in loblaws: THE CHINESE DID THIS

AND THEY LIED!!   was carted away in a tightwhitejacket

 

one day  u will long for simpler times   like when trump was assigned  to the

house that putin built  now it’s about losing your religion democracy  +mao is doing

summersaults   what would u give to return to a past filled with  toiletpaper  sanitizer

+freedom?  there is no candy coating the pricklycovid  (is it just me or is that sucker

beyond ugly?)

 

there is no return

 

how to break this to u?  the  eternal return  is cancelled  shut down  masked

if it looks like spring  +walks like spring  is it?  or just the devil’s glamour   who

will u return to  when your former self  has been brainwashed into thinking  that

the  new normal    is normal    ??

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it is  right?

 

 

 

Spring 2020

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