Some men start revolutions
some men start families
just to keep their hands busy.
They believe in platinum credit, big white teeth,
highways, neck ties and cigars.
Mother nature wears an endangered species dress
it hugs her curves and sweeps the earth
they pull it over her head and fuck her in the ass
leave her in the gutter torn and naked.
They cross lines like war photographers
snap photos in foreign cities of somebody else's brother
but ignore the war at home
brains slide into sidewalk art-
the Sistine Chapel, Mount Rushmore, the Taj Mahal
dead dogs lie in the street.
They behead in the name of religion
and give head in the name of prosperity.
There is nothing worse than a whore who
philosophizes with a full mouth
or people that put their pets in sweaters.
Rimbaud sells star maps on Hollywood Boulevard
he digs dirt from under his nails you can't see his eyes
under those dark sunglasses. He is hard to trust.
Jesus is on the corner hustling junk t.v.s
smoking a cigarette under the freeway sign
his large blue hands pick sparrows from the sky.
Our fathers taught us to shoot for the heart
our mothers taught us not to shoot at all.
Today I saw a Buddhist buying a rifle at Wal Mart
and a murderer studying Eastern Religion.
Human beings are the dirtiest of creatures.
The only way to survive is-
to jump in the mud with them.