nevermind the Pollocks


song of the legless marine

of course i’m terrified
–the scud, the scray–
i can’t forget, am forgot,
memory sped on feather feet

oh, love, you’ve strange new pulses
which tear, which sleep
(the pity.
walk away, girls)
tear and sleep

this house will fall:
we beggars of the VA hospital
we bugbears of the desert camo
the chug-a-lug nightmares
a candle

oh, love, you’ve wild new horses
yet to be broken,
who’ve yet to be broke
(the Misfits)

i ran.

(enlist)
……………..oh, love,
……………..you’ve fallen
……………..down
……………..the
……………..well:
i pushed as i held as i pushed
……………..and
……………..you
……………..fell

i wrack.

i was ordered
to place a thin bullet
in the sweet old man’s head.

i was ordered
to make the dreams
of the woman
the dreams of the dead

i was ordered
to open fire
into a crowd of children

but that’s just the oil,
the voice in the oil,
whose teeth
took my ankles and feet

i ran.

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