Pick cherries from the tree and eat them fresh,
but worn shoes and tattered clothes won't keep the rain out
funky moldy 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 running on four legs knuckles skipping against the ground
learn how to speak without American accents:
sign language universal love
only we know our own encoders
signify speech like bitches signify heat.
Birds see trees and buildings alike
eggs proving not only that the early bird gets the worm
but 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.