I’m a Friend of a Friend of the People

October 16, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | PETER'S WRITING | 0 Comments |

Image from "Cool Hand Luke" (1967)

(for Joyce Carol Oates, with thanks for Where are you going, Where have you been?)


You down there!

On the shining path;

Hustling that toaster

Into your bath,

Making plans!

Writing letters,

Fervidly seeking to

Loosen fetters

That stay you to the rock!

That holds you from the path,

Ending all the narrative

Within a hollow laugh;

Useless as the weather!

Swirling in the brain,

The keenest void of sound

That equivocates the pain

Of a clammy, sticky mouth

And a tongue that has no end,

Giving you a taste

The nip before you comprehend.

Flooding all your senses

So you may not apprehend,

I’m blowing you a kiss

From my easy-going Friend.


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