Monday, February 15, 2010

Zippo the Moon Clown

If the western sky held promise that morning, one might have been encouraged. A single great white heron passed under the last half of the moon just before dawn. Another morning in Paradise; the courage to drive on, or at least to the pump. But wait.

Pressing issues held at bay somewhere between all night movies and Paid for Programs, secretly wrapped in drive-through McMuffins and see through napkins, an ageless crush, a thrust, egos and splash. If only we could get it, whatever the hell it was, and it was-to own, steal, lend, bend the market, slip a fid, cash in, move to Dubai, Maine or “whatever”; stuff the affair in a suitcase. One man’s floozy was another’s gift certificate.

America watches the screen for the prize night after night; boinked, mesmerized,, the hooting pundits shone on themselves, berating, amending, frivolous laughter, a chewing unending sound byte staring down their own cameras. The screw that might turn the tide, the real meaning of id and the subservience or intellect, the jokester, the fool, tucked carefully between a Mercedes, cologne, the drama of drugs to keep it up, cool it down, pad the calamity, thin the mind and belly for the price of a gallon, intramuscular please, a song to remember, the, the election up for grabs depending upon whose hand slips up America’s skirt at the moment.

“Good Fences mean good neighbors”. Who said that? That integrity basked in towers and long reflecting pools between Lincoln and Washington. If we just stood on that faithful hill, that braved spaciousness we would own, or at least claim, but alas the Island in Maine had loosed the bad meat in Texas, the crippled, the superlative, the world grabbing hustlers who sold guns, said no, who played the Star Spangled Banner on their heart pumps and waved judiciously . On with the folly in the folds of the cheeks, the grins, to any and everyone. Oh the TVs blinked somewhere between aghast, awe and chest thumping; the children awash in flash, ready or not, in line for the next rocket, the bombed out skulls that cooked them. Tampons ruled, or was it a slow leak in Paradise, the polar bear leaped for a chunk of life, college students stared down dim hallways called gone, geezers rolled eyes of despair and I told ya, a little Viagra in the medicine chest, the gunning down of Kennedys, MLK, but an echo in their hearts.

It ripped on. Real life drama flashed the screen. Who’s real? Who’s not? Step up to the mike. Let’s hear the cracked tenor kid, the soprano squirrel. Beat each other senseless with bamboo sticks on a strange rehearsed island. Click it. Text it, phone it, bleed on the floor, gamble the rest, fall in love with your own particular discontent. We have a cure.

Ask them. They talk about change. Watch the candidates march the stage from Oshkosh to Hawaii, the University of Ding Bunny to the Pre-School of Lulu—they are freedom. You know. Like that. Wasn’t it the famous astronaut Edgar Mitchell who said, that one of the first things you discover when you enter outer space, “God is not up.” Yes, the sun rose in the East. The moon disappears. The rush of traffic thins the day.


At February 19, 2010 at 12:14 PM , Anonymous オテモヤン said...



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