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By William Merricle

He’d been snorting plant fertilizer
and ground up lightbulbs
again, and his head looked like
a scrofulant cantaloupe,
but when Tommy licked his
dried-up chops and belched,
“Write this shit down,”
I knew it was time to drop my dildo
and fire up the notebook.
“Versify this motherfucker,” he croaked.

1.
You know
more than you think.
Yes, that is snow
at the gates of hell.

2.
I lost my lava lamp
and the next morning
there was a cake
of pumice soap
under my pillow.

3.
Hope’s ass
wriggles like a shrimp
in a moray eel’s mouth.

4.
Her legs are erector sets,
but I’m too tired to care.

5.
I feel my lids falling,
but there’s a clock in the sky
that delivers a left to the mind
and a right to the third eye

6.
In earth’s infancy,
clouds formed for protection.
Now, they take shape out of shame.

7.
A smirk lurked
in Moses’ soul.
He ended up working
in the entropy mines,
digging alternative rock
salt too cool to melt.

8.
The idea
of an idea
can be expressed
only metaphorically.

9.
When it’s time
to come up
with the answer,
the best thing to do
is forget the question.

10.
I once
decapitated a fly
with the snap of a towel.
We both just kept on walking.

11.
Cynicism gurgles
like a van full of plasma
infected from
the beginning of time.

12.
Despair smacks
his lips, sighs of love,
and dreams of fistulas.

13.
If the cold deepens,
we can always
set each other on fire.

14.
Innocence threw itself
across the barbed wire
on the beaches of Bethlehem.

15.
You can still see
the scars encircling
its spindly spine.

16.
My next tattoo
is gonna be a snake, a raven,
the Pluto symbol,

17.
“Never Explain, Never Complain”
in Sanskrit, an Ankh,
the infinity symbol, a cat,
the Ace of Cups,

18.
and “Semper Fi” in goth script.
And a rose done William Blake style.

19.
And a howler monkey
in clown shoes
wielding a caulk gun full of cheese.

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