Untitled mugging poem

just maybe i should've
told those fuckers i
was an outlaw that
i never want to
ride the kinda horse
you have to kick
some pale riders even
haunt ghosts tonight i
imagine tumbleweeds just might
be able to shoot holes
in dreams or paper
moons "thank you" tatum
o'neal says in her
best little girl voice
"to the moon alice,
before they see your
face jackie gleason told
me to tell you
to call him daddy

show them what you're
made of by crushing
a poem between your
fingers my dear you
can be one tough
customer if you choose
to build sandcastles out

just imagine

vow of poverty

a good friend of
mine likes to say
that being a poet
is like being in

poetry with the muse's
vow of relative

room and board in
hotel nirvana where cobain
sings to sell out
audiences in heavenly

yeah sure ginsberg got
to fuck little boys
the ultimate poet's politician
but other than that
i don't really see any
similarities between god and
mark foley

the wedding dance

the holy mother pregnant
with ghosts says "i
wouldn't dance with
the devil's dick in
my hands" but she
will sing like a
gravedigger of words "i
thought chris kornacki would
love this" as they
search for him with flashlights
a canary sent down
these mines is dead
poems were found in

cohen's sisters of mercy
replace images with doves
what is the meaning of
all of

at the wedding of
the spirit we only
have so much time
dancing in rented bowling
shoes did you ever
think "it really is
possible to walk a
mile in another man's
shoes"? to dance to his
song to keep his
dreams secret by throwing
stones into wishing wells
skimming across a underground
river of light that
only your death and
harriet tubman's saw coming
where there have been
whispers that your ghost
has been waiting to
dance on your grave
since the day you

John Dorsey currently resides in Toledo, OH. He is
the author of "Harvey Keitel, Harvey Keitel, Harvey
Keitel" with S.A. Griffin and Scott Wannberg,
Butchershop Press/Rose of Sharon Press/Temple of Man,
2005, and "Moshing With The Cosmos" with Iris Berry,
Magenta Press, 2005. He can be reached at

2007 Underground Voices