what news from the bottom?
Jesus learning judo
I scratch giant lice and ghetto
fleas in the gutter of my mind
the sucking boll weevil converts to blood
when will the mosquito fear the rage under sweat?
what view from the bottle?
cats pawing at cotton ideas
the roach in the milk
crawls safely to the nipple
why is green not black, brown, tan, only pain?
what news from the bureau?
a mole stoking coal in wine-steam and no gas
building baby foundations from lamb-bone
pray in Chinese, farting in English
I hear a black drum roaring up a green lion on a yeller silk
come to kill the keeper of our cage
what news from James' bastard bible?
al-Mahdi kneels in the mosque,
Melchizedek, Moses, Marcus, Muhammad, Malcom!
marshalling words, mobilizing swords
the message is mixed and masticated with Martin
the good news of the gospel is crossing a crescent
what they do at the bottom?
went to the cop and he took my pot
the law giveth and the law taketh away
I can neither pee nor blow
they will rope Mary and take pussy for my bail
I will remember, I will recall, bottoms up, I cop
what news from the black bastille?
ram of god busting up shit
unicorning the wolf, panthering the fox
the old shepherd is himself lost
the ram will not stop, what news from the bottom?
the east! the west! and the top!
Written by Henry Dumas (1934-1968)
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