Friday, January 25, 2008

Songs of guilt and naiveté

William Blake isn't a bad dude to riff off of, methinks. Because I've got nothing else today - you know, this is rapidly becoming a disturbing theme - here's a piece of junk I wrote once upon a year. Blake was aiming for profound. I was aiming to poetically bitch my default state of cynicism.

Sure, I set the bar six feet under, but I think we were both successful.
I easily cleared five-and-a-half.

All distortions are one

Go on and cry, voices -
everything’s quite been laid out before us.
I speak from experience.
Angels or devils, no matter - the spirit
generates inception.
Intention remains ever the same
and fills in the cracks where need be, usually pretty deep.
You and I have been here often before,
so walk outside, shut and lock the door, and get lost.
You’ve brewed a solution that tastes bitter!
I’ll just drink what’s now on this table.
Same as it ever was, Roman, American, asshole,
lend me your invention.
I have a perception it’s not much better than mine.


Freida Bee said...

Same as it ever was, Roman, American, asshole,
lend me your invention.

I love that line.

I always "enjoy" your poetry, or some less perky literary equivalent.

Candace said...

Well aren't you just a little ray of sunshine! :)

I'm SO HAPPY to see you posting your writing, Randal. Good on ya!

Anonymous said...

I love the crabbiness in the tone, and I see I'm not alone in this sentiment. I have to boss, you do bitter quite well, and I mean that as a compliment. Sometimes I wish I can channel that throw-a-brick-at-someone's-head feeling, but I always seem to fall short. Care to dish on how you do it?

Randal Graves said...

FB, thanks, even I like it, and I usually hate my stuff. Squirrels and acorns and such.

Candace, oh I am! This is just a front. I'm actually bouncing off the walls as I type this!

Merci, and these will always be a posting last resort. :)

spartacus, once upon a time, I asked you a similar question regarding one of your pieces, thus I must give you the answer you gave me: if I knew, I'd bottle it and sell it. :) I think it helps to be a naturally grumpy bastard.

Suzi Riot said...

This may be my favorite of yours yet. It suits my mood exactly. Thank you!

Randal Graves said...

Merci ! The rest of my junk is pretty purple, so I better come up with something else otherwise I'll have to put actual thought into a post!

Anonymous said...

Is it the gray weather? Something else? I have to agree with Suzi. This fits my mood perfectly.

And now, to drink something bitter...