Sunday, January 25, 2009

THE DRUNK SONNETS

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DRUNK SONNET 1

I'M A LITTLE HUNGRY BUT DRUNK
I WANT FORGIVENESS IN A BEEHIVE
LIKE A DOG WITH THE BENDS IN THE ARCTIC
AND COVERED IN ICE FURS

MY FIRST PRAYER TO GOD WENT
I DON'T KNOW IF I'M DOING THIS RIGHT
MY LAST PRAYER TO GOD WENT
I KNOW FOR A FACT I'M NOT DOING THIS RIGHT

I CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT AND AT DAY I DONT' WANT AWAKE
AND A BODY THAT RUSTS INTO HARD AND AND UNBELIEVABLE
I WILL BE NOT ALIVE FOREVER EXCEPT FOR THE DRY BED

MY HANDS ARE TOO SMALL TO CARRY WHATEVER THIS IS
ACTUALLY, A HABIT OF DOLPHINS THAT LIVE IN CAPTIVITY
TO EAT FISH OUT OF BUCKETS AND SLEEP IN THE SALT AND THE WATER






DRUNK SONNET 8

I WANT TO LOVE BUT PLEASE LET ME KNOW
HOW IS THAT I CAN YOU CAN EVEN EXIST NOW
I JUST FELT THE ALCOHOL IN MY FEET
MY HEART HAS A LOT INSIDE IT I THINK, EVEN STILL

IF EVERYONE IS OK THEN WHY I AM I NOT
IT'S OK TO CRY A LITTLE, I THINK, JUST CRY
I THINK I WANT TO EAT YOUR SMILE TONIGHT
I THINK THERE'S SOMETHING IN IT TO KEEP ME ALIVE

I'M LOOKING AT THIS SLEEPING CAT RIGHT NOW
AND HE JUST SHIFTED A LITTLE AND IT WAS NICE
AND THE OCEAN'S FLOOR IS SO FAR AWAY

SINKING TOGETHER WOULD BE A COMMITMENT
AND RISING TOGETHER AN EVEN BIGGER ONE
BUT I THINK THAT ALL THAT WATER IS TOO MUCH






DRUNK SONNET 10

THE AIRPORT IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST
THE GROCERY STORE IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST
PETSMART IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST
THE THAI PLACE IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST

MY OWN BED IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST
INSIDE MY CAR IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST
ALL THESE STREETS, THIS CITY, THIS STATE
THIS COUNTRY IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST

IN FRONT OF THIS TV IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST
IN THIS BODY IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST
IN THIS AIR IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO EXIST

I'M THINKING ABOUT EVOLUTION AND THE WAY WE CHANGE
AND HOW LONG IT WILL BE BEFORE I HAVE A TAIL AGAIN
AND I CAN FORGET ALL THAT'S HAPPENED









DRUNK SONNET 14

IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON EVER THEN HEY
I AM HERE IT WOULD BE NICE TO TALK SOMETIME
INFOMERCIALS HAVE STARTED AND I KIND OF WANT TO DIE
I'M PRETTY SURE THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY FOR A MORGUE

OK SO ACTUALLY ITS FOR THE BIBLE OR SOMETHING
SO ITS A COMMERCIAL FOR TRYING TO BE HAPPY OR SOMETHING
BUT I AM NOT HAPPY TONIGHT NO I AM NOT JUST HERE
IF HAPPINESS EVER WORKED THEN HOW - I DON'T KNOW

HAPPINESS IS A LIZARD IN THE SUNLIGHT GETTING WARM
AND THEN IN THE NIGHT BENEATH A ROCK EATING FLIES
AND THE FLIES TASTE LIKE COLD HOT PUS

AH, SO TONIGHT IS A LITTLE DRUNK AND OK OK OK
THAT IS GOOD SO LET ME BE - THERE IS NO LOVE TONIGHT
GOD IS LIKE BONO - SOME DICKWAD NO ONE WILL EVER MEET OR LIKE



DRUNK SONNET 17

I AM NOT STILL THINKING ABOUT YOU, NO
I AM NOT STILL THINKING ABOUT YOU AT ALL
I AM NOT STILL THINKING ABOUT YOU
STILL, I AM NOT AT ALL THINKING ABOUT YOU

NOT THINKING ABOUT YOU, NO I'M NOT
WHAT AM I THINKING ABOUT? NOT YOU
IF I AM THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING, IT'S NOT YOU
YOU ARE NOT A THING I'M THINKING ABOUT

WHAT SHOULD I THINK ABOUT? NOT YOU
WHAT CAN I POSSIBLY THINK ABOUT?
WHAT IS THERE TO THINK ABOUT BUT YOU?

THERE'S PLENTY TO THINK ABOUT IN THIS WORLD
WHAT IN MY LIFE AM I THINKING ABOUT?
I AM NOT THINKING ABOUT YOU, THANK GOD



DRUNK SONNET 18

I’M GOING TO DRINK ALL THE BEER
IN MY APARTMENT TONIGHT
IT’S A LOT AND IT’S GOING TO HURT
AND I ASSURE YOU TOMORROW WILL BE HARD

IF YOU CAN SEE ME RIGHT NOW SAY, YES
EVERY DAY WE ARE NICE THINGS
WRAPPED IN A BLANKET ON A COUCH
TRYING TO BE WARM AND EVEN WARMER

THE HEAT IS TURNED UP TO 80
I AM WEARING SWEAT PANTS, A SWEATER
I AM IN A BLANKET, INDOORS

OUTSIDE, BIRDS ARE SWARMING TO THE SOUTH
THEY ARE LEAVING TOGETHER, BEAUTIFULLY
TOMORROW THEY WILL MAYBE BE IN KENTUCKY




DRUNK SONNET 21

THIS BEER IS GOOD
THIS APARTMENT IS GOOD
NOT HAVING TO GO TO WORK TOMORROW
THAT IS GOOD TOO

WORK IS SOMETIMES GOOD
GOING HOME NEXT MONTH IS GOOD
THE STREET I LIVE ON IS GOOD
THE ROOF ABOVE ME IS GOOD

THE DVD I WAS WATCHING IS GOOD
THE MUSIC I’M LISTENING TO IS GOOD
THIS SWEATER IS GOOD AND KEEPS ME WARM

LIFE CAN BE GOOD IF WE WORK AT IT
WE ARE ALL GOOD IF WE TRY
AND TRYING IS A VERY GOOD THING




DRUNK SONNET 27

IN THE FUTURE I DIED AND IT WAS FUN
IT WAS LIKE A ROCKING CHAIR WITH AN OLD LADY
GETTING ANGRY AT MIDNIGHT TRAINS IN JULY
IT WAS AWESOME AND IT REALLY SUCKED

WHEN YOU SEE YOUR BODY QUIT ITSELF
IT’S LIKE WATCHING A CAR WRECK IN THE RURAL SOUTH
FROM AN EXTREME DISTANCE IN 1923
AND ALL THE WORLD’S TOMMY GUNS ARE IN MOURNING

I COULD LOVE YOU MORE THAN EVER RIGHT NOW
THAT’S THE WAY IT IS WHEN YOU DIE, I THINK
I COULD LOVE YOU MORE THAN EVER

IT JUST ALL COMES OUT AND IT’S THERE
MY BELIEF IN YOU OR DISBELIEF IN YOU
IT DOESN’T MATTER EITHER WAY










DRUNK SONNET 45

THE MOON IS LIKE A BAYONET IN THE CHEST SOMETIMES
I SAY THAT BECAUSE TONIGHT IS BLOOD

I JUST WANT TO FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
THE CARPET LOOKS LIKE GRAVEL
I NEED TO KEEP MY HEAD UP TONIGHT

YOUR WONDERFUL LIGHT ABOVE
THE STREET IS HARD AND COLD AND ALL
IT HAS EVERYTHING FOR MY CAR

THE SIDEWALK HAS ENOUGH FOR MY SHOES
THE MOON ENOUGH FOR THE LEAVES OUTSIDE
TO BE NOTICED AND TO SHINE LIKE THEY DO

I COULD PRACTICALLY RIP MYSELF APART
AND WHAT WOULD I EVEN FIND BUT YOUR LOVE
THAT I’VE SAVED UP LIKE CRUMBS










DRUNK SONNET 53

I HOPE ALL THE LOVE I’VE EVER FELT GETS RUPTURED
LIKE A COMET BREAKING THE ATMOSPHERE TONIGHT
I HOPE A LITTLE BOY IN RUSSIA IS AFRAID OF WHAT IS HAPPENING
I HOPE WE CAN LEARN TO CARE AGAIN, THAT IS ALL

I THINK ABOUT IT NOW AND HOW IT NEVER MADE SENSE
HOW WE ARE TINY BANQUETS FOR A RETIRED JANITOR
ATTENDED ONLY BY THE RATS AND THE MOPS
THAT HE ATTENDED TO IN HIS AMAZING CAREER

HE KEPT THREE STORIES CLEANER THAN I CAN KEEP MY OWN HEART
GODDAMMIT, HOW DOES THIS EVEN WORK

AND THE LITTLE BOY IN RUSSIA IS JUST CRYING IN BED
LIKE A LITTLE GIRL IN IOWA, THE NIGHT AFTER HER BIRTHDAY

I FEEL LIKE A SMALL TRIBE OF HALLELUJAHS
GETTING SENT UP TONIGHT, STUCK IN THE RAFTERS, ECHOING

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