02.16

0216

(heaven.)

when and if
the angels come for
me

they will have to
drag me up to the
heavens

my nails
buried deep in the
ground

desperately
holding on to this world
that i love so
dearly.

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2013

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DAY DREAM SONATA

can you hear my heart palpitating?
i assure you. it’s like this all the time.
it’s reckless. it’s without rhythm.
it’s breaking the laws of its own nature.
it’ll stop for days on end. it’ll begin again
in the middle of the night when dreams come
with you in them and there we are
sitting on a cosmic swingset hand-in-hand
and we’re talking as frankly as we do during the day
we’re floating through space hand-in-hand
we’re floating

we seem to be traveling down rivers together
we seem to be angels stepping harmlessly over broken glass
we’re ignoring the walls of perception
we are laughing at the way the bus is always five minutes late
but sometimes i wonder if everything was on the schedule it says
would i ever have had the chance to meet you?
what did i do to deserve any of this love?
i chew on it when i’m hungry and i spit it back out

if you had a grave, i’d bring you flowers
i’d go there and just talk to you for hours
i’d sit beside you during rainstorms
while your bones swelled up underground

this is my simple request: nothing.
there is absolutely nothing more i could ask for.
i am so so so very blessed
and blessings don’t get passed around right
so whatever you’ve got to give, give it to someone else.
drop that coin into the jukebox
and let the speakers of the world pump its vibrations everywhere
dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance
until you’re sick sick sick sick sick sick sick
i’m getting a little stir crazy, i know
but we’re not all perfect and what the hell does that mean anyhow?
take your predispositions and defenstrate them out the window
throw them out the window watch them catch in the wind
watch gravity, selfish gravity, selfish selfish gravity
take its course and swallow us all whole
i’ll be here still dreaming
dreaming of flying cars and ambiguous culture
dreaming of graffiti on the moon and a spotlight on the sun
let’s give it our light for once

and you just keep on smiling and dancing on the water
your love reminds me of what we can be made of, if we want to

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2013

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OLD MAN POEM

i am one hundred and fifty years old already
my bones ache and my cane is brittle
i mope about the house and write old man poems
to the sound of dust on the shelves
i drink my soup without a spoon
and look back on the golden days that never were

i take cold showers and hour long baths
my friends call from time to time
but most times i can’t figure out
how to answer the god damn telephone

the mail man, he knows me
margaret on lane six at walmart, she knows me
the people through the phone, they listen to me
talk about my life, my life, my life
and the war, the war, the war
and the garden, the garden, the garden
and my wife, my wife, my wife

the edges of memories need mending
but i hold close in my mind
a picture of Sicilia, in her prime

the television and i have become too familiar
he reads the words of the stories to me
i put him on mute and read the words
i listen to the rain hitting the cluttered storm drains

i breakfast at the crack of dawn
i drink coffee and eat very little
lunch at eleven
dinner at four
at seven i turn off the t.v.

i pray beside my perfect bed
i lay me down to sleep
and i wonder
if when i close my eyes
it will be the last time

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2013

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HOW A RAVEN IS LIKE A WRITING DESK

raven writing desk

when asking one’s self
how a raven is like a writing desk
things can get a bit
unnecessarily complex;
it is not hard to see
how a credible
and verifiable answer
may be hard to come by.
in this piece,
i will attempt to answer this question
which really
should have been answered long ago.

the first thing one must do
is to qualify
what exactly defines a raven.
experience points us towards the idea
that ravens are inconsistently
the strangest of businessmen.
note that all ravens crave independence
and a nice warm bowl of soup.
another less common accusation
of the raven kind
is that a multitude of their chamomile
is that which provides
shelter for storm drains
and by association
wormholes in the eternal treetrunk.

this is great and all
but what is the use of such conviction
unless we dive equally as deep
into the trenches of
orange libraries
to ask ourselves
what is a writing desk?
many scholars
have written on this
but in my research
i have found
they rarely remind us
that historically
writing desks
have been predatory creatures;
often confused with old crows
and barkeepers
who say things like
“put the jam beside the marmalade”.
i implore you
to not be ignorant;
to acknowledge
that bishops and angels
both use writing desks
as a source of inspiration
for their dissertations
of the latter subject
and the ladder observations.
writing desks taste of freedom
though the splinters
have been known to clog the drain
and leave a nasty hangover.

and now for the big question:
how are they alike?
it’s been suggested
that poe wrote on both
but i have no time
for absurd claims.
one’s life
is far too short
to get lost in logical nonsense.
we must be men
and stopping being children.
as we discussed earlier
ravens are the genesis of polka
whereas writing desks
symbolize the civil war
and the flamingos
who became martyrs
for its mahogany cause.
which is really the key here:
architecture.
both seem to have
a keen design
a design that suggests
dances with drunk waiters
and orbital malnourishment
which plagues us all the same.
a writing desk is to sweater vests
as a raven is to bubble bath water.
from there
certain jumps in logic
can be established
and we can find ourselves absolved
of the great question
which so long has burdened us all.

in conclusion
though it may be difficult at times
to find a system to something
as absurd as this
i find that these: two things
may be more alike
than we are willing to acknowledge.
the badgers of humanity
have a knack
for refusing to accept
that tolerance and compassion
towards washer machines and
the occasional stomach rumble
leads us to living in a glass onion
where we stop saying
to the top hat cricket on our shoulder
the ways that a raven
is unlike a writing desk
and start to genuflect
on the passing notion
that a raven
and a writing desk
are in factualitization
the exact
same
thing.

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A TOAST

lift up your spirits!
to this cataclysmic evening!
this parade!
of howling wolves! and monkeys!
to the altered perspectives!
of angels!
and their subjective
paradise!

let our warped worlds come together!
like pangea in reverse!

let all religions reside within us all!
and all around us!

this is my wish for you.
and all of you.

let us toast!
to the fact our irises
are all different colors!
and our pupils are
all
the
same!

let’s get lost!
in the rambunctious sound
of
actual
reality!

and remind our souls
that love
is not just romance:
it is
every breath
the flowers give us
and each one
we return to them!

parks
that are dead
in winter
and alive
with lush green grass
and wide-
eyed people
in summers!

let’s toast!

to the smell of rain!
to the taste of laughter!
forever! tonight!
and ever after!

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LOST AND BEAT AND NOW

we’ve been through a lot of time in the desert
we’ve been through the hollow barrel of a pistol
we’ve been through a seance
a table of writers stirring over dotting a question mark
we’ve been lost amongst ourselves
robbed apartments, gutted houses, fumigated homes
dead lawns, sprayed down by chemical agents of chaos
we were hollow. we were stuffed.
we paraded around in ambulances.

we’ve been through a lot of time barefoot on the living room floor
we’ve been through smoky headlights in new york city
we’ve been bruised, and bloodied up
for spitting on the sidewalk
we’ve been left with pens and notebooks in psych wards
we’ve been pressed for time, energy and money
we’ve found our sunflower and allowed it to wilt

now i’m  not  so certain of what we are
we’re some cosmic whirlpool of our grandfather’s dust
intentionally unintentional violent reactions of peace
we are made with metal bones and eyes like pixels
we are lighting the kerosene rope so the past can’t climb up after us
we are drowning out the television in our dirty bathwater
we are rebuilding our houses with more tolerance between the bricks
we are putting down hardwood floors over our burial plots
we are burning down bridges because we can swim across oceans
we are here to be labeled by you, dear future
we will try to be kind if you promise to do your best to be

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ROY G. BIV

in the beginning
everyone said she was crazy
a crazy girl
stay the fuck away from that one

she was off doing her own thing
all the time
like she was creating some way
of enjoying herself
she was trying to build a bunker
to prepare for the shit storm

stay the fuck away from that one

but I’ve never been
a very good listener

she was listening to grindcore pop opera
while she was mopping the floor

she was napping beneath
the register counter

and I came to visit her
and honestly
it was pretty quick moving from there
we acknowledged the insanity in one another
we went crazy together

we purchased a potentially fleeting moment together

and sure enough
every day
someone else goes insane
or as an alternate option
they embrace their own breed of
person

we went crazy together
wrapped in folie au deux
the world had more colors
if only it realized it

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THE ABORTIONIST

at the beginning
of each morning
the abortionist
sits down at his table
and eats eggs

just like
the rest of us

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READ “MTV”