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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Neo-Viking Funeral [News Poem, April 22, 2010]

Neo-Viking Funeral [News Poem, April 22, 2010]

“Police say a man was killed after getting hit by a train at Muni's Castro Station around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.”
– The Associated Press, 10:08pm PDT, April 22, 2010

Some bathroom tiles surround this trench.
We passengers coagulate
Between the train and subway bench;
An ozone armpit strangulates

My dainty nose. I feel too faint
To stand and yet we chase a door.
Inspired by subway smells of taint
My tie constricts—I fall to fours.

My face erupts—I ride this creek
Of piss upon a log of shit—
And you demand I breathe? You reek!
Just take your CPR and split.

Just save yourselves—destroy my suit
Before a bum discovers it.
From drunk, he'll rise to business coot:
From begging bowl, to throats he'll slit.

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