The Karmic Ladder Wheel and the Little Boom by Jeff Bagato

Three pretenders to the corporate throne
look streetward through small windows
and lock on a fine young pair down below
to tell themselves about living,
the magic ladder looping over
into a wheel, floor and ceiling mixing
like bubonic microbe with the clap
as somebody floods the office with gas,
and they all die through tight lips
on the edge of a proclamation,
the souls squeezing out and lounging
with cigarettes, bitching about the
fit: “Garbageman here played
with himself under his desk
as he grilled interviewees, young
proteges praying to make connection;”
“I saw them, too,” Soul Two says, “Stinking
with fear—one of these times we’ll learn
how to make the body follow
our command. We’ll never work again.”
Soul Three chimes up, “I don’t know; I kind of
liked the way he grunted out
his stool every day as the clerks
tittered in their toilet paper,
sniffing my man’s gas and rating
it on the side”—“Nobody
could crack whip like my
man,” Soul Two snaps—and Number One:
“Well, mine was number one with the secretaries.”
“That reminds me,” says Three,
“maybe their souls are waiting
for the big bang
at the end of
infinity”—
                        streaking off with a puff
of smoke and a stream of
rotten gas

Jeff Bagato 3
A multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, Jeff Bagato produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music and glitch video. Some of his text and visual work has recently appeared in Empty Mirror, Futures Trading, The New Post-Literate, Otoliths, H&, Gold Wake Live and Midnight Lane Boutique. He has published nineteen books, all available in the usual online markets, including Savage Magic (poetry) and Kill Claus! (fiction). A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at http://jeffbagato.com.
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