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Nicotine for the Soul: A 21st Century Poem
Nicotine For the Soul:
A 21st Century Poem
1 February 2009
Drunk again, but how sick and weary I grow,
grow tired of those who think they can throw their four or five stanzas together,
and call their 20 minute recreational process a "poem".
In the back room those who I love, Beatniks on their twelfth beer,
they kick T.S. Eliot's ass, as I weep over the beauty of holding,
holding within my dear hands, the soul of Whitman.
Walt, raise yourself from the darkness,
Walt, I hold you within my hands...
(For I am also with you Carl Solomon, rise from your slumber!)
My dear Walt, you are right in that we are our soul's upon the page....
Vomiting, I profess that I am tired,
tired and weary of the souls who believe that a poem must be,
as if ex cathedra from the source of God, a structured beacon,
as if within some lazy haiku.
Fine that may have been, if we had lived in 1302.
An ape can find structure,
(wake me, Ginsberg, from my own lost madness),
but cannot find the human soul.
Distinct, apart, we are our hearts.
How dare anyone ever state that a poem should be dictated by style,
by the way in which the words are stated,
by the way in which the words are printed,
how dare anyone ever state that a poem must follow
some rhyming fucking structure,
or be dictated by some "legal process".
Pall Mall and Pabst Blue Ribbon,
Lucky Strikes as poets past,
I miss the heart of our being,
I wish I could have known those who have passed,
I wish I could have held you Kerouac,
lifted you from those train tracks,
in your darkest darkness, held you as a brother.
For I am a poet,
for lifting me from the ashes of the great Gertrude Stein,
golden Allen Ginsberg
(for I too, Neal Cassady, am with you, secret hero of poetry!,
as our minds have been lost by madness!),
and the gods of printed past,
I am a poet,
and to those who question the words that flow as molten streams of beauty from me, than I hope you find your peace in Hell,
but it won't be Milton's, for he is sided by my side.
For we are already controlled enough by too much government that dictates our minds,
in what we may and may not say,
but so can the world rot before I am told that my soul must follow some "structure",
in expressing my poetry upon the printed page.
I think you, Poe, I think you, Burroughs,
would sit as we cut the eight ball, and split it,
and took it within us, as an insufflated satisfication,
and lament the death of our failing nation.
knowing that only our words are our lives.
Even if all else, alas, should depart from us.
You may have my life,
you may have my being,
but so you never will have my soul,
and so shall my soul proclaim the song of my words,
and you will not defecate that I must write only 10 or 12 verses,
in which I must state some non-sensical "flowery" dung.
Poetry is an expression of the soul,
of that which is within us,
and to all those who proclaim that it must be dictated by some stylistic guidelines,
than I say piss off with you.
Once there were the great kings,
that held within their realm,
those the keys of the great kingdom,
the keys that would open the doors,
as if Pandora would dissipate,
upon their beatific shores.
(Wake thee, Whitman! For our country needs you!)
And yet, no more....
But as long as my soul rages,
as long as life is within me,
as long as my pulse beats,
than my words will stand --
and to those who argue against,
than bide your time,
for even if I am gone, my words, like you great gods of past,
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