Pick cherries from the tree and eat them fresh.
Worn shoes and tattered clothes won't keep the rain out:
funky mold and fungal feet swollen monkey paws,
clutching pacifiers licking lips rinsing toothpaste
tobacco smoke residue whitens the teeth
whiten the teeth as history too before us.
Parched throats in need of water
arid eyeballs stare into periscopes with foggy lenses
down down down the drain
meter maids make money
mountain gorillas run on four legs
knuckles skipping against stones:
they learn how to speak without American accents
and instead use sign language
universal love that signifies speech like bitches signify heat.
Birds see trees and buildings alike,
their eggs prove not only that the early bird gets the worm
but that she also finds the best real estate,
and with interest accrued on profits made
deathless the pale rider comes to rescue her from herpes.
Rare is the prize fighter punching holes in walls,
thumping charcoal skulls till
iron-cast blood runs from holes new made in the back of our necks:
projectiles finding fingers crawling clawing the brain.