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In Cleveland


I told you the legendary yet obscure beat jazz poet

talked so dirty to this young woman she had

to excuse herself & take a shower

And you said I know just the woman for him

as if that would solve all problems.

Yes, you continued she’s an alcoholic earth mother type

An alcoholic earth mother type I had to say it to

understand it: I knew I had to find a real job


Sure, you affirmed there’s lots of them

I moved my uplifted brow

In Cleveland you added piosly

They are like rusty roses you kept on

In Cleveland.

I looked in the want ads for my sanity

and chuckled about the movie

Revenge of the Alcoholic Earth Mothers

Sure we all know the type like rusty roses,

in Cleveland. Yeah alcoholic earth mother types

know them well.



Long Island City, NY 1985



[Originally published in NHS 1997, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs97/index.html#47.]