Howl Again in Seattle

Sunny in Seattle by Dimitriy Grisenko

Painting by Dimitriy Gritsenko  Ω Poetry by  Thomas Hubbard

Sunny in Seattle by Dimitriy Grisenko
Sunny in Seattle by Dimitriy Grisenko

Allan Ginsberg walked into the Blue Moon Saloon and chose the

very next stool at the bar where I sat with a glass of Red Hook, reading a book and,

rubbing his hand across the baldness of his Buddhist head, he said

another vision had brought him back from the dead, and

as we sipped our beers, he talked and I stared straight ahead.


            It was Friday afternoon right here in America.


Allan’s vision came from the east, like a beast at the feast,

laying waste in poor taste as it moved with haste and chased

reason into hiding, frightening the fools in backyard pools, while

Americans left their balls in the shopping malls and

brotherhood left the neighborhood, moving out in the night.


            So relax and enjoy it, Allen.  This is America.


Just back from the beyondo, Allan said peddlers of the condo were

winking and grinning to the heat of that condo beat, singing a condo songo,

“condo disco, condo disco, disco condo from Staten to Redondo” and

all the dudes drove hummer cars, with stars from titty bars riding alongo

just as longo as the money holds out, but the mysterious hitchhiker still waits.


            Get hip, Allen.  This is how Americans do it.


Allan said he saw the statue of liberty drunk on her knees,

puking pizza made of plastic cheese from feedlot cows, topped with

sausage from tortured sows while phony farmers took their bows

for feeding us fake food from rows and rows of factory farms and

the farmers demanded, in an underhanded way that campesinos stay invisible.


            We need your labor but we don’t need you.  Welcome to America.


He saw students with reportcards listening in schoolyards while

military short hairs sat in lawn chairs, explaining how the training of

killers and blood spillers who cross the oceans carrying flags and

return to their parents in body bags, leaving grieving for the ay-rabs and

children in rehabs adjusting to new limbs is all for the good of freedom.


            How did our oil get under your soil?  We want it here in America.


He spoke with alarm of trees growing in rows like corn on a farm and

poison spray coating all the apples while folks file quietly into the chapels

to sit down in rows for the preaching and in schools the teaching says

be like the others and rat on your brothers but if you get outta line they write notes

to your mother who’s too busy to bother, then the TV comes on and everyone’s quiet.


            Hey, we’ve got a counselor in a box.  We’re Americans.


Friday afternoon would be over soon when Allen sat near to order his beer, and as evening’s crowd came in, Allen’s voice was lost in the din so then he began fading away but he stayed long enough to tell me he’s not mad but rather he’s glad to be gone when he sees what’s been done in this land where the sun shone so brightly before, then he paused at the door to say he sees those best minds howling still and Allen said he saw the so-called powers who sit on their asses during business hours looking down from window sills of office towers at our urban ills while street smart saints make pledges on rooftop edges, workmen with wornout tools looking toward another world where light shines and love rules, standing at the edge and sometimes leaping only to fall weeping onto the hardscrabble among the rabble where the voice of eternity shouts back forever, “What other world? What other world? What other world? What other world?”


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Writers Bio: Thomas Hubbard, mixedblood renegade, storyteller and writer, does spoken word performances while awaiting the revolution, the one that will likely leave most everything about the same after a little tussle.  Meanwhile, he travels turtle island and enjoys liminarity.

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