Scott at Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights, OH – 11/11/2009 – Photo by JC

Get Stuffed
by Scott Wannberg

You get stuff
to make you invulnerable,
around ten at night.
The sky looks crooked
under the harsh light
the kids made for you
so you could finally
see yourself
running scared
as the nation’s sweat
turns into an ocean
only a stoical navigator as yourself
could access.

You get stuff to ward off
suffering,
and this suffering retardant
comes in a money back guaranteed tube
that’s blessed by all the
major religions.
Perhaps you encountered one of these
major religions
on the so called rapid transit,
when the sun beat down
without considering if you
brought your sun screen.

Get stuff
is what the advertising agency,
working out of the stalled Camaro
in front of my building,
incessantly chirps,
whenever I dare venture
forth.

We are nothing more than the stuff we bring home,
hoping it will
dramatically alter and
affect us.
Did you ever ride that elusive perfect wave
that only you knew for sure
lives in your brain?
The sea
agreed with you,
this
morning.

The war got held up
in traffic.

Time,
for once,
to enjoy that faint music
that may or may not
actually be
real,
yet
it never stops you
from
hearing
it.

scott
florence,oregon
6/25/2011

revised-original birth 8/10/97

About The Author:

scott rode with the obstreperous strother martin gang and did time in metaphor jail where he was an adept dishwasher

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Recommended Scott Wannberg books include (but are not limited to) Strange Movie Full of Death (2009, Perceval Press), The Electric Yes Indeed! (1989, Shelf Life Press), Amnesia Motel (Dance of the Iguana Press), Equal Opportunity Sledgehammer (Lummox Little Red Book Series), Nomads of Oblivion (Lummox Little Red Book Series), and Mr. Mumps (Ouija Madness Press).

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