Je Suis, Je Suis

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So many live on and want nothing,
and are raised to the rank of prince
by the slippery ease of their light judgments.

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But what you love to see are faces
that do work and feel thirst.—Rainer Maria Rilke

now that i’ve trimmed/edited/cut down
my once extravagant wants
into the simplest of needs
for food, roof over head, blanket
against cold, simple threads
of graciously received
hand-me-downs
and hand-me-ups

what’s left is some
cloying residual fear
of masked grunting princes
invoking their righteous king’s’
promise of bedding
heaven’s 10,000 virgins

bursting into my comics-filled
work room armed with
an arsenal of killing,
blowing my child’s head
into bloody blobs because
my name is charlie
as in “good grief!” brown
and i believe in a god
who laughs.

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