To my Readers in the Year 2099
O to be more than a poop
Sheet detailing the fustian pleasances and odd
Acerbic tendencies of the late twentieth century,
Stuck way out on nature’s limb, hanging
Feral and irredeemable and by my toes!
You get standard dope in any book—
Plimsoll and pixie, blood of a self-
Slaughterer all titian and red, gaff’d up
To look like a bumbershoot earnest, quothing
Postmortems on the weather therein, pouchy, final, un-
French. . . Be not afraid of my glad-
Handing gusto. It is how I am
Teaching myself to break asunder my idiocy
With idiocy and of all the figures
Strewn about here on the grounds where
Beforehand only petulance and raw mischief abound’d,
It is it that is compliancy’s own—
Yield to ruin, and ruin to go.
Here it is: time’s a moment’s only
Measure so I got none but spook
And my fey unvariegated word to give.
There are other smeary continuities that I
Apprehended long ago as comprising me and
They too slide under my dead continuance
In a baffling expenditure of years whose
Consortium I never am less privy to,
And grok not why a consciousness unguardedly
Plumb’d, grubstake for a future, might not
Lodge itself within you, glad prithee-fab
Cohort a century hence, and perish not.
Kingdom and Itch
I love the faintly illicit
Nights of memo and draft,
Cook’d in its lyrical cardboard.
The fetch of sleep quick-
Claims my boy member of
Its kingdom the color of
Oil the color of lemons.
One grows indomitable under comical
Light, longs to parse fables
Of paterfamilias and strop, rye
And brute melancholy. ‘O pig-
Headed darling of my autumnal
Frenzy, return with that alarming
Booty, I itch terribly and
Irregular, frog on bent knee.’