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George Wallace


i stole a bus
i got there early
i dressed and shaved
i dropped some names
i took the cure
i got the job
i ate azaleas
i visualized fists
full of one hundred dollar bills
i danced like a crazy rope

i rescued a man
i blinded a child
i bombed babylon
i locked myself in a liquor cabinet
i lived with a bullet lodged in my brain
i worked in a taffy factory
i worked in a rat poison mine
i worked in a kennel for angels
i worked in a well for saviours
i ate like a pig at christmas

i swallowed my pride
i fucked ambition
i sang an alibi song
i married a woman
meant for another guy
i threw myself out
i followed me home
i played the mazurka
i undressed for my boss
i killed a man for no reason

i loved a woman for no reason
i ignored a man for no reason
i obeyed a man for no reason
i divorced a woman for no reason
i lied in seventeen languages
i stole in seventeen languages
i apologized in seventeen languages
i rode a man into the ground
i whipped a woman like a hound
i exchanged my tongue for a stun gun

i fashioned paper airplanes
i left the door unlocked
i believed in a president
who did not believe in me
i robbed the absentee landlord
i knew next to nothing
i got paid pretty well for it
i learned my lesson
i did not change my ways
i forgot how to laugh

i got a little crazy
i ate my lovers' eyes
i did not listen to god
i slept like a dying bear
i pissed frozen rain
i sat under a ghost tree
i smoked opium
in a hut in the snow

i auditioned for death
i auditioned for death
i auditioned for death

i rode the reality train fifty two years

i'm not riding the reality train
no more

Copyright (c) 2005 George Wallace

About the Author

George Wallace is an award winning poet and journalist from New York who has performed his work across America and in the great cities of Europe.

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