That Old Wooly Bloodletting
In youth you tend to look rather frequently into a mirror,
not at all necessarily from vanity. You say to yourself,
"What an interesting face; I wonder what he'll be up to?"
—J. M. Barrie, "Courage"
Here is how pussycat /
I will show you to carry /
your unframed Cortez /
the conqueror portrait /
out of your nursery and into the forest
you'll kneel in to sleep
the cock of the walk
through falling of dead
you cannot yearn to ally
your friends with influence of law
Learn your Greek
You're a hero to open your book to learn
Jupiter failed as a nation
Though made by the giants
Australian is English!
I'd fold the universe
shut with tears
choking my prize
four crosses of shirts and trousers
in my fist
and a poor fellow's sword on my floor
Come from somewhere for a purpose
Go to somewhere for none
The angry burst into the room
The mad burst into the wall
as a victory poem
let it not be said
in the song that is so true
no ship moves up the one star night
without a plan to execute
in perpetuity, no no no no no no no
No, my boy, no no no no no no no no no no no
No no no, my boy, no no no no no no no no no no no
The ship is a natural ship
as the wand is a natural wand
as the Englishman is hearing the frogs
uplifted as the queerest antique stag
Don't play with banker's straw, my boy
but talk the penny down
from its smoldering cloud
into your cup
you are that human shape
of public statuary
not to be
that town crier
in a meat locker
(armies travel on their stomachs)
is a finite distance from your bed
Carry your portrait
close to the vest
leave your liqueur
set down by the fire
pick up the receiver
remember your Greek
and strum your important guitar.
You are doing what I tell you to do.
What more do you want us to do.
We will eat and then we will guard.
I want you to obey me willfully.
I do this to make us work.
The giants made me for this purpose.
We will guard and then we will sleep.
That is the action.
There'll be enough trouble.
I'm a hero to open your book.
We will work on the same shift.