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COLUMN 106, JUNE 1, 2004
(Copyright 2004 The Blacklisted Journalist)

 

#97 "everything happens to me?  

for mark ritsema    

all my life I've paid
& paid, until my dues card
is punched up
on all 4 sides,  

a child
of relative privilege who chose
to 'take the way
of the lowest? in most things?  

race traitor & renegade,
beatnik,
dope fiend,
poet provocateur  

living from hand to mouth
& euro to euro,
sleeping on the couches
& extra beds of my friends,  

a man without a country
& a post office box in new orleans
for a permanent address,
a pre-pay vodafone

& a laptop computer,
one suitcase stuffed with clothing
& a bag full of manuscripts
& hand-burnt cds?  

to keep my head straight
& my heart right
to keep up my travels
& carry on the struggle  

into another new year,
taking my little verses
& great big world outlook
everywhere people will let me  

 

"amsterdam

january 7, 2004/

rotterdam

january 15, 2004  ##  


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