Monday, March 10, 2014

They Say (Truth and Consequences)

They say I’m a poet
They say I’m a Jew
Don’t even know who they are.

We pretend to change partners
We pretend to accept the breaking news
Not sure why I called you up in the first place.

They say this and they say that
They say nothing at all with their mouths full of pollution
And whoever they are I am caring less and less these days.

This isn’t a poem or some misbegotten prophecy
They say we’re the chosen and I say show me the contract signed in blood
I’ve never believed in the small print, but that does not mean it’s any less binding.

They say he was a teacher
They say he was an outlaw
And I know exactly who they mean and why shooting stars are so important to our beleaguered belief systems.

Charles Cicirella

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