Dogs 2014

PEELING SKIN
(4/28/14)


there
must be
something basic

some fundamental
element

beneath
this madness
of everyday
life

this insanity
that we
have created
to keep our minds
off
our own
deaths

to keep
our minds
off
killing
others

but where
do I begin
to clear away
the dross
in order to find
the diamond
beneath?

first
the marriage
and family
would need
to go

emotional
attachments
cloud
the most simple
of perceptions

then
the job

the work ethic
that has been
programmed
through a series
of progressive
lies

there is
nothing
really to do
other
than to survive

then
the car

the TV

the cell phone

all the modern
conveniences
of technology
that are trapping
me
in society's
misery

then
the myriad
of the legalities

the policies
licenses
accounts
certificates
and documentation
of my diminutive
civilized
existence

finally
the house

that prison
of self deceived
shelter

this planet
is my home

it will
feed me

protect
me

I will
only need
a small collection
of clothing

an adequate
amount of cash
to wean me
from this weakened
state

at first
I had planned
to leave behind
all
of my books

I would
read nature

the stars

but I decided
that I may need
some psychic rescue
for those times
when all else
might
seem lost

Crucifix
In a Deathhand


Loujon Press

one of 3,100
original
signed copies

"Charles Bukowski
1965"

my pack
loaded
I shall head
West

roam
the world
until I am
no longer in need
of this
myopic
correction