Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ticket to Insomnia

Ticket to Insomnia

Before the birth of February, in the nation of Delay
and Crack-up, where folks hunker down hard
on 7-acre slots of knuckle-break volcanic rock,
snow-wind on sun-scorched front porch recliners,

why not plan a bike-ride summer (a thunderstorm-
June fantasia of rattlesnakes coiled on yellow lines)?
Why not buy a creaky can't-be-tuned black Fender
pawn shop guitar (Don't Leave Home Without It)?

Why not, this very night (to hell with summer),
gargle and gulp a schooner of mildewed moon juice
milked from ice fog a week ago.  You're eye-level
with an urn of pulverized bone... life's constituent minerals.

Note: Ticket to Insomnia, by Red Shuttleworth, has been issued as a limited edition (44 signed copies) poetry broadsheet (printed on 32-pound ivory antique laid paper) from Bunchgrass Press (Columbia Basin, WA).

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