AS ASPIRING PUSHER AT THE MINI-MALL
(OR, WHY I CAN'T READ POETRY ON THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW, MR. PINSKY)
"I'm gonna plant you right here,
for now-be cool-
I know a guy who knows a guy
who knows-THE guy-
you know I'm good for it, man-
hang on to my cell phone then-
I'll be back in ten-"
15, 20, 30,
<phone ringing-für elise tune _ >
"welcome to the faith-based automated
if you know your dealer's extension
you may dial it at any time,
if you do not know your theocratic dispensation
you may pray on the line
with an electronic operator
or just say the word gaffled"
"-I'm sorry, I don't understand why you write
what you write"
((nor for who-