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BEATNIK BLUES

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BEATNIK BLUES

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I HAVE THE BEATNIK BLUES
for espresso at remo’s
bode heir peddling 35c. beers
Dylan Thomas sitting at a
window at the Chelsea hotel

got me the beatnik blues
for an old blue dodge with
stereo hi-fi turned way up
a carload off to see Mamie
van Doren in a b movie
at the tower in Philly

got me the beatnik blues
for washington square
Bowles hobos and negroes
Ukrainian babushkas
grandmothers and the
hollow tap of bongos

got me the beatnik blues
for hi ester cookie’s mad pad
blue suede drapes and plaid
light bulbs and a bowl of
popcorn

got me the beatnik blues
for abstract expressionists
in hemingway’s decadent Paris
red wine and crusty bread on
the left bank

got me the beatnik blues
for bebop jazzmen
coltrain’s salty blue train sax
on a saturday night
the Chicago skyline melting
into michigan’s vast coldness

got mr the beatnik blues
for walking barefoot on London’s
tower bridge.
the ghosts of kings and queens
and princes dancing along the
Thames holding pale fingers
with queen bode is

got me the beatnik blues
for old Amsterdam
brass hookahs and overworked
pipes in smokey hash bars
espresso houses with brocade
sofas and feet worn oriental rugs

got me the beatnik blues
for the beats of San Francisco
and Greenwich village
a pawn shop sax being shined
on a street corner in Venice beach
woodie Guthrie singing a protest song

got me the beatnik blues
for back roads roadside diners
soda fountains and on the
road shy Kerouac supplicati ng
god with pooh bear on the
Steve Allen show.

a guided tour…

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love this poem!

Read Between the Minds

welcome
to the earth
memorial museum
please remember
no flash photography
or
touching is permitted
further
try not to gasp
at some of the sights
you’ll see
our scientists
have determined
it has
a
negative
effect on living matter
let’s go inside
and
take a look
at earth’s
anti-civilization period
in this section
you will see items
that required
fossil fuels
as a source
of energy
for their use
resulting
in the total decimation
of the atmosphere
a somewhat
pathetic period
but
evolution
always
has it’s down sides
within this display
is a tree
although
now growing
in a protective dome
they were
once
a dominant feature
of earth
this
is the last
of its species
it’s called
a polar bear
unfortunately
our breeding program
has failed
and
cloning
has not
produced similar creatures
but
don’t worry
it will be
stuffed
and
on display
for your children
now
of all

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