“It Is Forbidden To Be So Honest”

“It Is Forbidden To Be So Honest”

Human beings are ugly

That is our natural state
Our natural roots
Beyond language
Yet with the language
We use
We abuse
So
Roots
Are described as
Ugly
Brown dirt shit

My brother had
Brown and Proud
Tattooed on his stomach
On his right arm
His knock out arm
He had a
Tattoo
Of himself
With shaved head
Naked chest
Holding his fists up
Wearing creased and pleated
Baby cuffed
Slacks
Above his cartoon picture
Were the words
“What’s up, Vato!?”
Challenging everyone to a
Fight

Brown and Proud

He was funny like that
Ugly like that
Perhaps even
Beautiful

Before I was
Anything called a
Human being
I was an ugly animal
That is how
Smart people would
Convince me
To look at
Myself of
Yesterday

Naked
Hunch backed
Jungle monkey
Swinging from
Vine to vine
In search of
Nothing
Without any problems
Especially not
Genius
Words like
Life and
Death
So sophisticated
So civilized

According to the
Common sense of
Human beings,
Animals
Are actually better
More moral than
Human beings
Yet they do not teach us
This truth
In school

It is forbidden
To be so
Honest

Join us this Saturday, December 19 from 2 to 330. See the Jingletown flyer for more info. I will be performing the poem above.

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