On The State Of The Union: your fireside chat with some firestarter in two equal parts

by Joseph D. Reich


1.

What the hell to say about a nation
with a whole party who refuses
to show up to the party or do
their job and always taking
off early to go on vacation
some secret service who is
supposed to protect secrets
and make things more safe
and secure and keeps on
getting busted for doing shit
undercover and in secret making
things more unsafe and insecure
whole police squads who keep
the tradition going up north down
south shooting down black boys
with their hands up a bunch of
overpaid multi-millionaire players
who are supposed to represent
our clean-cut heroes constantly
being brought up on using illegal
substances abuse and domestic
violence charges dragging their
fiancées unconscious out
of atlantic city elevators
a television full of competitive
dating and cooking as thought
these things were supposed to
calm and assuage with a whole
mess of silly reality show cartoon
characters going head to head toe to toe
I need a midol and a multi-vitamin
where the hell is and what happened
to mighty mouse just over my shoulder?

Who was it said? i think it was biggie–
“i got lawyers watching lawyers…”

2.

Imagine meeting
your loved one
your soulmate
the one you’re
gonna walk
down the
aisle with
perhaps at
one of those
airport hotels
where they
claim to have
like those
starving
artist
art shows
and sales
at specific
times like
1:00-3:00
on sundays
like church
confession
to pick up
those horrible
portraits and
pastels they
sell in bulk
to put up
on the walls
of chain motels
it all hangs in
one of those
sweeping string
panoramic sky
lines hanging
over your
headboard

Who was it said? think it was biggie–
“i got lawyers watching lawyers…”

3.

I want to live
in the old dead
woman’s home
fully furnished
dead woman
included
with all
that drab
opaque
furniture
going
through
the same
daily activities
and routines
and rituals
those little
portholes
in which
to catch
every
season
watching
the build
up of clouds
and downpour
of rain and drizzle
observing every
last leaf fall
one by one
by one
by one
helping
myself
to tea
and scones
and at day’s end
turn off that lamp
stashed in the corner
which will be that old
antique tourist souvenir
fisherman looking
like he’s eternally
winking giving him
only a slight tug
at the noggin
as your dreams
will be all those
old time reel to reel
home movies before
they had sound
to them which
made them
and all its
characters
proportionately
that much more
animated with
everything
in the world
to look forward
to without all
the bullshit
and betrayal
and drama
and damage
all those fake
and phony
bastards
constantly
feed you…

Who was it said, think it was biggie–
“I got lawyers watching lawyers…”

4.

I want to do a case study
on the rate of real blondes
to fake blondes in america
break it down to the rate
of real blondes to fake
blondes of those supposed
movie starlets or supposed
reality stars, the rate of real
blondes to fake blondes
in the republican party
in the united states
of america

Who was it said? think it was biggie–
“i got lawyers watching lawyers…”

5.

One wonders how a resume
would look for one of those
male strippers? suppose it
wouldn’t be much different
then the resumes i send
out for all my experience
in the social work field
and hospitality business
and far less bullshit
and paperwork
and politics
and can assure you far
more gratifying and far
less thankless, am thinking…

Who was it said? think it was biggie–
“i got lawyers watching lawyers…”

6.

Was watching the tv
and it showed some
sort of cream and it
said–“be the man you
always wanted to be”
and it showed some
middle-aged dude
scaling a mountain
and reaching the pinnacle
then spreading his arms spread
eagle hugging some chick at sunset
and thought man after thirty years
of suffering can finally be the man
i always wanted to be and thought
what would that look like and who
would that be? arnold schwarzenegger?
dick cheney? liam neeson? then
thought again and decided really
didn’t want to be the man i always
wanted to be but boy can you just
imagine receiving that cream and
it just showing up in the mail and
know with just a couple squeezes
and applications…side effects of a
middle-aged alpha-male where wolf?

Who was it said? think it was biggie–
“i got lawyers watching lawyers…”

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