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Chinese Whispers (or Telephone)


by Samuel Derrick Rosen


I

Warhol actually said,
"everyone will be WORLD
-famous
for a limited amount of minutes",
Americans don't believe
in the rest of the world,
so,
that line got disengaged,

unintentionally
or not.

II

And now I'm fantasizing
a love-affair with Alexander Graham Bell,
spitting sub-erotic undertones
through one end
of a 20th century telephone,
on a Saturday afternoon, imagining
thought processes
of your average,
neighborhood-friendly,
homicidal pacifist.

Kick me!

Before the sun goes down.  I know I'm going to die!
Do you?  As you fondle
your puzzle-box, I grow jealous.
Your body resistant to my brain's illusion,
after a good day's work, darling, sweetheart, O.
I am ready for death,
just not as much as I think,
to you in excess,
with your armies and their weapons.

Mercy!

Such a foggy day!  From the Empire State Building
I can't see the Statue of Liberty!
But I know nothing,

at least, is something.................


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