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I’m trying something new today for all my Patreon supporters—Morning Readings (a.k.a. Pre-coffee Rambling). I got up, limped over to my balcony, opened the window to hear the birds, and set to putting together a little semi-improvised poetry reading of one of my favorite poems, just for all of you! Here it is, unvarnished, unedited, unlit, and unkempt:
Friday, April 27th – reading “Poem in Thanks” (Thomas Lux) at 6:20 AM in Toulouse.
Rain, rain, rain away!
Rain almost every single day—
Our favorite color
is nimbostratus gray,
so rain, rain, rain away.
To the tune of “Hey Jude”
don’t harsh my buzz.
Take your bad vibes
and make them mellow.
Aww, fuck, man, I forgot what I was going to say.
(to the tune of that Pink Floyd song)
We don’t need no ventilation!
We don’t need no large windows!
No air conditioning in the classroom—
Teachers leave them fans alone!
Hey! Teachers! Leave them fans alone!
body parts are falling off of me;
There are vultures circling over me.
Oh why did I get leprosy?
I’m not half the man I used to be.
I have but one remaining knee.
Oh, leprosy came suddenly…
How I lost my toes,
I don’t know, I couldn’t say.
They got gangrene rot, now they’re gone—
Life was such an easy game to play.
Now I need some major surgery.
Oh I despise my leprosy.