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from the tip of my osculation
to the cornerstone of my
toenails – perfect
like a Geiger counter in ice.
Thank you Miss
I’ll have a little more of that
it’s good for the libido
so deliciously liberating.
What’s that, your husband
became a monk? Could we
get together sometime, just
the two of us? Friday after
My friend Sigmund
is translating Gray’s original
manuscript. Into German of course.
He got down to a few inches
below the navel, became fixated
there – for decades scholars followed
him to see what he was up to.
I can show you what he was up to, Miss –
5 o’clock, behind the Coliseum.
But I digress
we’d got around to the wishbone
hadn’t we? You know, some
politicians spend half their lives
as liberals, socialists even,
until some rich uncle leaves them
an apartment building or an oil well
then snap. Close your eyes darling
it’s like everything you ever imagined
moving from back benches to boudoirs –
bedrooms they call them these days.
where the beating Laundromat is
the absolute center of space and time
24 hours every day
even while the body is sleeping
dreaming of Elysium
background music of everything.
What’s love got to do with it?
That’s one of the best kept myths
isn’t that so?
If you place your stethoscope here
right here, don’t be afraid
you will hear the hit parade
gurgling its way round and round
like yesterday in a doggy bag.
Fasting is good for the system
it hushes the symphony until all you can hear
is the Dalai Lama on his mountain top
chanting his endless om.
they always get in the way, don’t they:
clavicle, tibia, fibula, vertebrae, these days
they have a machine that can
photograph your silhouette in black and white
a frightening thought but
quite topographical really –
with all the verve, passion and agony
bleached out of it
leaving only a grinning copy of you
to show that you were
here at all.
does not necessarily mean
missing the main course
loin cloths were invented before
tablecloths by Homo Vulgaris
as any Scotsman worthy of his kilt
will tell you, cutting into his haggis
to expose a pair of tartan suspenders,
wooly army issue socks
and knobby knee caps
So my dear Miss,
may I thank you
for participating in this course
the trajectory of which has been
artfully concealed by generations
of baroque painters. On Friday
when hopefully after prayers or
behind the Coliseum we will have
our next tête-à-tête
I will introduce you to the Animal Cell,
the Ovum, the Spermatozoon,
the Sternococcus and the other Articulations
of the Lower Extremity.
© Johnmichael Simon
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