Academic journal article Chicago Review

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Academic journal article Chicago Review

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Body you've turned into my enemy lying in wait among the shadows in the alley looking for the chink in the armor you can put your poison in Two weeks ago you turned up in the doctor's office with an infection in the urinary tract (I'll never know its origin since I don't fuck around with anybody but my handsome wife) but you know Body where it came from Today I tossed my cookies while pumping gas at Amoco - the vomit mixed Pepto-Bismol with the ghost of a pina colada shake I know I haven't fed you much of late being too depressed to want to eat and having taken enough pills and medication today to sink a battleship Still that was a sneaky trick among the gas pumps and the other motorists You could've waited till I got home and hit the stool No I don't fault you growing old with your ugly wattles on your body like a turkey's neck and able to get it up only when the moon is blue and even then it may not last the night like the shadow of a leprechaun Still we've have some good times together - like riding my pony Brownie all over the hills and woods of our old farm and then digging basketball and Sidney Bechet tooting on his clarinet in the old basement in the old basement Jazz Ltd club on Grand Avenue and learning to fuck the lassies in my granddad's Ford V-8 and walking in Lincoln Park on a balmy day in spring and learning what it's like to be a dad Without you I'd never see this keleidescope of autumn colors here in the High Country in northwestern North Carolina Without you I couldn't see that delicious rump of the ASU co-ed biking down King Street here in downtown Boone Without you I'd never hope to see the Beatific Vision in the world beyond the Mountains of the Moon - So here's a hand my trusty Fierce! …

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