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Not Lao-tzu's Magna Carta, lxiv - lxxii

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words have their own ancestors,/deeds are commanded by their own lords./ knowledge and thought do not make me understand—/no surprise, then, that I am not understood.

Nobody Else Would *WANT* Him!

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The King's Snit

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Political doggerel.

The Ogontz Branch

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There are stories I will not tell, stories I shudder / to remember. You'll forgive me for withholding them from you. / You may, of course, not tell me everything about yourself either

Junkyard Angel Baby Nomad

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"We gotta get out of here", you said

Velazquez in the National Gallery

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I visited you later that month, the tubes and lights and charts chronicling your descent. I held your hand in the brightness of that room, amazed by the translucence of your papery skin and the isobaric schema carrying blood here and there.

Trompe L'Oeil

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I saw myself leaning against the shop window, yet I was standing metres away. Imagine being in two places at once. Intrigued, I watched her. Striking resemblance: a tall slim body in a yellow lace dress, fuzzy hair, long nose, bony knees: replicas of…

After the Sailors Threw Jonah Overboard

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When the Muse Abandons You

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I am abandoned to the mundane/ calculations of a small mind/ trapped by small considerations

Song: A Sixth of a Cow In the Freezer

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I got a sixth of a cow in the freezer That’s not meant to be just a teaser I guess all I’m sayin’ Come on home and you’ll be stayin’ Cause I got a sixth of a cow in the freezer Got a rack and a half of ribs I ain’t tellin’ you no fibs

Mercator Projections

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the devil is beating his wife

Well I Couldn't Help It

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Hydration

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Dinner With the Footnotes

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Pam was, for just a moment, speechless; there it was, out in the open, for all to see, like an upchucked chipmunk from their cat Mitzi on the rug in front of us.

Starstruck

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“No!” they cried

Worms Shouldn't Drink Whiskey

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I have two memories of my dad. The first is a story he liked to tell: So my old woman came home one day with a worm. She sets the worm on the counter and goes into…

Church Construction (Leaps of Logic)

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Suddenly you've got something to do on Sundays - Wake up early and dress your best.

Broken Waters

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Not Lao-tzu's Magna Carta, lv - lxiii

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facts of matters are not as they seem,/hour by hour crafty comments creep in,/another hour and "the good" is a horror:/ our human blindness is older than our sight.

Recycle

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Why Big Pharma™ and Dan Savage™ are Shovelling Dirt Over Wilhelm Reich and Elliott Smith's Graves

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The traffic still hadn't moved.

Passion

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The night is old.

Flawed

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Invaded My Dreams

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"the rum tasted of hibiscus blossoms"

Three haikoos

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Spring Squirrel Spring is here now A dead squirrel in the road Regrettably not Seasonal Surprise Inside warm spring rain Coiled up like Jack in the Box Resides a snow storm Bad Vibrations telephone shouting an…

Sin Curve

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Sin? Nah. There’s just kindness and hurt.

Son

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There came years later he walked through the former palace city from when the child had been conceived and years later even since he'd left the child's mother. Teaching from the streets like this, from city to city, many more than he could've as any king, many felt this was…

The Imprint of Necessity

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I’ll tell you what I think, I think Their hopes of a brush with love Is what keeps the simple cricket Awake all night If you find a baby cricket on its back Fallen on the sidewalk Struggling with its legs In the air Help it to its fee

Sunday Morning

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Elvis on a Saturday night in Hades sings deadlines and parlour tricks

Resource Management

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’m sure they have their/ cleverest working on it, though.