an unusual career path…

copyright cwmartin 2011

he’s a madman
don’t want
no canonization
just wants
his cheap wine
and a pack
of lucky strikes
all this talk
of salvation
has made him
make a proclamation
heaven is full
of useless saints
quite willing
to welcome you in
but
while earthly bound
you’re on your own
so he’d rather have
cheap wine
and a pack
of lucky strikes
don’t need no
door-to-door prophets
nor cartoons
depicting heaven
that no one’s seen
but he’s seen the news
while in the liquor store
’bout the state of the world
and
all the dire predictions
’bout most of mankind
and he’s seen
politicians come and go
making the same damn promises
everytime
sold
bought
and never delivered
to hapless voters
so he chooses
to be a madman
don’t need no canonization
just cheap wine
and a pack
of lucky strikes

after careful consideration…

 

i have thrown
the dreams of yesterday
into the bin
cleared out most of today
which seemed moldy when it arrived
so as to make room
for tomorrow
why such vapors require
so much room
is difficult for me to understand
however
as part of my new agenda
to reduce
the stuff
in my life
stuff
filled with
painful images
career path halted
loving children
somewhere
numerous friends
whose names
i can’t recall
along with
fancy cars
that i
never owned
but
were
madison avenue inspired
and so on
well
anyway
it
really doesn’t
matter now
now
that
the
only
stuff
to
be
concerned
about
is
a
burial
plot