Emergency Quarters for Phone-booth or Arcade Your jaundiced mouth never opens into speech. Never yawns into sleep because your phantoms refuse to be confined. Perforated passageways between corridors never open to any rooms. Never lead to any doors. Never corner the immortality of eyes. The chase is relentless on every level. So you binge on pretzels & berries. Still your yellowed mouth never puckers for a kiss. Don’t look back because your ghosts are never far behind no matter how many pills you swallow. The Love Song of J. Alan Smithee Alan Smithee forgot your birthday would fall on the same calendar day as last year. Hates your friends. Pretends to be allergic to your Pomeranian. Won’t stop talking about his ex, except to ask if you put on some weight. Proves codependency is a dish best served. Flirts with your sister. Offers no apologies because sorry is too far out of the way. But at least Alan Smithee dares to accept full responsibility for the red bra found in the laundry basket of whites that never belonged to you. *Alan Smithee was the official pseudonym used when a movie was so horrible (even by Hollywood standards) that the director didn’t want their name attached to the credits. The Streetlamp Clowns of Wasco The streetlamp clowns all tumble from the other side of curfew disguised in wigs, lipstick, and shadow. Squirt nightmares from the blossom of night. Juggle three ring insomnia and endless handkerchiefs—colorful scarves chloroform scented. Believe laughter is the best tourniquet. The streetlamp clowns are eager babysitters. Pockets full of balloon animal carcasses. They know exactly which window peers into your bedroom how much space remains between your mattress and the floor how much silence can squeeze into the back of your closet. The streetlamp clowns wait until you are old enough to curl up in the fetal position, because reality is depression's favorite costume. The streetlamp clowns want you to know that the earth remembers bones longer than hearts and skin but smiles are first to decompose.
October 15, 2015