The mad swirl of it all, the brain of Daniel Dandelion groping about in goop- GOOPEDY-GOOP! Concerned with excrement expulsion, today’s pending bowel movement the waste that is my life, a preoccupation to living, The X-terminators are legion in which the institution is the institute, where all the lunatics have superpowers or are made to believe they do but what is the power of the belief in the face of revelation and the prophecy of an ever fluctuating sanity? Who are we but a bundle of electromagnetically animated nerves and twitch-meat marrow filled pies? Zen breakdown in the stream of sickness in the entirety of it all and not so much a river but a deluge resulting from the battered levies of broken armaments in the war against the poor or war of the poor against the poor to avoid being poor in the first place; predating birth of life prison realm- PHOOEEEEY! -Hindu deity guided caste systems, cash driven “freedom rings” got nothings on them. Ahoy, there’s a fallen mate, cast-iron away grilled imperfection scarred protoplasm spastic mind, shriveling bhikkhu blues in psionic caves, sonic scream echoes bounce off cavernous void unfeeling hearts fraught with: pulsating anxiety, mortally crippling paranoia at its very best- a quality of misery never anticipated or to be lived again via cycles of calculated multifunctional, malfunctioning lives…do I dare disturb our universe, in a not so conventionally established manner? How dare I love my insane asylum concepts and good works rot somewhere or incubate in another…yet not so forlorn cavern. GOOPEDY-GOOP! GOOPTS-GOOP-DO! Daniel Dandelion trudging through moth-eaten cotton fiber highway wasteland, gnashing quiet yellow, desperate lives away between pollen dead teeth.
I once worked
As an one armed bartender,
In a downtown whiskey bar.
The crowd was rough,
The music loud,
Fights happened quite a lot…
While drunk, I fell down
And tore my rotator cuff,
Lost most of the use
Of my arm.
Couldn’t work for a while
At my regular job,
Thought the bar job
Would just be a lark.
Tax free money,
Rock & Roll,
And all the tips
I could make…
I didn’t figure on hecklers,
Who sat barstools
And pestered all night.
I also found out how hard
It can be, with one arm,
To try and break up a fight…
I learned fast also
That tips aren’t so good
Without the advantage of tits.
I was happy whenever my arm healed,
To go back to my job from before,
And I was glad to be
On the right side of the bar,
I’ll never tend bar no more.
post heart attack & fine
almos sang across two hospital
night-time attack & after
no dignity an elderly livin dementia
forced to take meds unaid
con-dem marchin us back to wigan pier
rather than sing one the truly
social/ist britain-europas great-values
welfare state – nhs to arts council
heart in countdown live
invulnerably as poss
love&rage right to ends
temperature @ which data burns?
suicidal & psycho aye but another
poem’d be nice right to ur ends
pen to paper, finger to keyboard
pencil to notebook arthritis & too many
beatins walls punch night(ly) t/errors
speakin up ur duties
If we are to believe the Bible, all of us came from the dirt of the earth. Can this be why God created so many colors of mud? —Deborah Wymbs
Everything present, first mud.
Everyone in place, first mud.
a dimpling of clouds/a shadow of sunshine
like the farming wife’s farming husband,
the nurse who somehow knows of him,
and their easy way of talking.
A ghost is always in the equation,
near death but not dying,
or a remembered dead, sasha,
or the hunter who went into the forest
and never came out,
zamani, the forgotten dead,
until his grandson asked,
“What ever happened to Granddaddy?”
and the grandchildren of the great snake
near the bones by the dry stream bed apologized
and venom that took a life, healed it.
Muscle knitted to bone.
Blood vessel attached to muscle.
Layers of skin protected lifelines.
A wind threw itself up.
The man gasped,
felt the need to run.
He was able to fly.
When he arrived home,
he held The Artifact of Great Value.
His family lined up to receive it,
and his neighbors, friends, an enemy or two.
He had eyes only for his grandson
and he reached for him,
his hands slipping.
He could not hold weight.
But The Artifact of Great Value was real.
The boy picked it up, placed it to his ear,
heard the digging of the dead.
He went on to be a great healer of The People.
A bridge is necessary most of the time.
Here we only found blonde sand
and over there, sand gray with age and wrinkled.
Elsewhere dried beds of water offered nothing.
Near the quarry, red clay, and under the tree,
rich blackness full of worms and beetle larvae.
In the cave and near an opening, just mud.
When my son digs the pond for his garden,
earth and grass and small branches stain his skin.
The rains come with thunder and brilliance,
the pond fills with water, twig and turtle.
Frogs avoid it, but snakes come to drink,
and the King of Deer leaves its track in the torn grass.
The pond is a great success and water lettuce take root.
Many days he watches an egg become
whole and living and dead. He remembers
many things and keeps neatly printed journals.
My wife studies wood,
a shape to root and decadence,
the forms of men in grain.
What color superman when his strength comes from a tree?
What hunger photosynthesis? Carbon dioxide? Radiant energy?
She sees a man go into the tree,
find a sleeping place safe within its folds,
and she draws him a power over rain,
directions for sun-heat and light-fire,
strength over the movement of root.
My daughter expresses color in algebraic equations.
And my grandson holds his hand out to be cleaned.
Inarticulate, he waves it like a wand,
an incoherence we understand to mean:
“Please, take this mud from my palm.
I only meant to see how it felt,
but now it is a part of me.”
Somewhere ash is running,
A great turbulence underground.
The importance of life
is always in the remembrance of the dead,
not the hell we fall against,
but the blazing heat of the Laplanders,
the fierce fire that cannot go out in Vinland ,
a prayer to wood and fresh kindling,
the anger needed to warm a soul,
Swallow a time capsule.
Recite a spell to beat out time.
Breathe, beat, fidget; wait for a time.
Find myself too soon on time. Time
slows; space quickens; thought thickens.
Lose consciousness. Win just in time
the flower. Knead the dough to make
the bread for a ticket to the show.
Listen to the bee buzz. Time
no sooner is than time was. So
seek the gift allowing the
present to open, the bee
to wing away a way to hide
by the skin of the teeth the
sweet every moment taken. Awake
at a wake for my own afterbirth –
what a gas! Coffin-lid solid. Now,
who’s that witch in the front row
coughin’? Stake her heart quick.
Make no mistake, before she takes
you for a ride inside the capsule gulped
at the start of this our now-broken spell.
Willie Smith’s poems and stories have appeared in the toilet, the recycling, the gutter and in his worst nightmares. He is a retired office boy living off, in the form of a dubiously-deserved pension, the taxpayer.