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Contempt

          (a cento of last words)

Now comes the mystery
I have no power
To move my arms
Applaud, my friends

I have no power
The comedy is over

Applaud, my friends
I haven’t bored you
The comedy is over
And comedy is hard

I haven’t bored you
Dante kills me
And comedy is hard
Repeat it to the golden floor

Dante kills me
Under the shade of the trees

Repeat it to the golden floor
I want you to undress me
Under the shade of the trees
Mozart! Mozart!

I want you to undress me
I knew it! I knew it!

Mozart! Mozart!
This is fidelity

I knew it! I knew it!
This is not Hamlet
This is fidelity
It’s nothing, it’s nothing

This is not Hamlet
Why do you weep
It’s nothing, it’s nothing
I borrowed a cock

Why do you weep
It was a mistake
I borrowed a cock
A king should die erect

It was a mistake
Leeches have red blood

A king should die erect
He has a story to tell

Leeches have red blood
—And you?
He has a story to tell
To wear my uniform

—And you?
I am not going
To wear my uniform
Keep me from the rats

I am not going
The gas is low

Keep me from the rats
For making enemies

The gas is low
More light
For making enemies
Stay for the sign

More light
In what peace can a Christian
Stay for the sign
Put out the light

In what peace can a Christian
Home in the dark
Put out the light
Eating its young

Home in the dark
Revolution is like Saturn

Eating its young
In the bloody ear

Revolution is like Saturn
Is the question
In the bloody ear
The sign for no

Is the question
At Madison Square Garden
The sign for no
Moose … Indian

At Madison Square Garden
Jefferson lives

Moose … Indian
Empire, body and soul

Jefferson lives
Goodnight
Empire, body and soul
I’m bored

Goodnight
I am surprised
I’m bored
Tell them I said anything

I am surprised
Fools who haven’t said enough
Tell him I said anything

Now comes the mystery
Fools who haven’t said enough
To move my arms

Posted 10/30/09
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Love this, buddy. EXCELLENT.
07/08/11 11:45am
Bravo! Immediate enjoyment, and the promise of more. Adroit in-weaving of familiar forms. Historical allusions, fairly familiar, and also these other allusions to (recently) familiar forms. Plus bite, but not fierce, perhaps -- interesting.
11/02/09 12:43am