When It Comes Down To Blood

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What it came down to in blood
was your blatant hospitality:
I could not stand myself, then.


I was almost ill by the time
the first flush
mounted over me, impatiently.


I think all poets, great and
small, must have weak stomachs
for this: though we go on.


You can’t love everyone. The
physical odds impossibly contend
with what I feel is true.

©Dean Baker

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Each Happy Being

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Someone broke into my home
last night and took me for granted.
A different kind of robbery, yet
theft nonetheless. You alone now

Would know what is meant, if
not for the happy accident of claiming
possession while being absent,
in the realms of those who love nothing they possess.

(©)Dean Baker

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from Silence Louder Than A Train… A Nation Of Lunatics

The anhedonics* have it; more pills,
loveless sex, booze and cash, all
forms of coping with the modern world.

Or athletics, politics, religion –
each interchangeable and dependent
upon the credulity of homo sapiens.

Enter the delusion of impending fame,
no less than cosmic significance, and
don’t forget the neighbors’ good opinion.

All this plus an ability to command
weather by temperament, along with
the omnipotent faculty of being bland.

Fueled by money and growing sophistication,
as the level of education sinks:
the picture of a people who cannot think.

©Dean Baker

*Anhedonia: Loss of the capacity to experience pleasure. The inability to gain pleasure from normally pleasurable experiences. Anhedonia is a core clinical feature of depression, schizophrenia, and some other mental illnesses.

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“You can be murdered anywhere, but/ you’ll always die in Congress or in Parliament.”

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