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Let's have an understanding
An ultimate meeting
Let's listen and not interpret
Don't interrupt

Hear that incessant noise?
What noise?
White noise
It's just me but be still

I'm a factory
You be a damaged river
I'll be a California fire
You be Laura at landfall

Why are those dead people looking at us?
Why are those people looking sideways?
Where are we swimming?
Repeat your favorite phrase

I am glad I'm not you
All your issues
Have made you blue
Pick up the garbage dammit

Clean up the yard while you're at it
Maybe the monkeys will want to live here
Maybe the insects will sing to us
Cheh Cheh chic chic chic Cheh Cheh

They can light up too
They can sting
They can weave and
They can make their little homes

In shadows
Out of little bits of nothing
They can walk on a thousand legs
Now what is my double thinking?

What is my double trying to say?
I will not be put off again
This collaboration is a sham
She said I was a mattress salesman

In a previous life
She said that for my night job
I managed an Orange Julius
And was fired for allegedly stealing money

From the safe
And after that fiasco
I lived in the streets
Of Purple City

As the understudy of a street magician
Who could throw a card
Across a busy street
I never got tired

Of seeing him do it Wow
That's all I got to say

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of five nonfiction books, three collections of poetry, "Children to the Mountain", "The Last recurrent Dream" (Two Plum Press), "Conversations with Poetry (coauthored with Tom Cowan), and (more...)

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