S.A. GRIFFIN

Ode to John Cage

Ape
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             H
                  A
                       O
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                               Apple

A Coastline of Empty Mirrors
Waiting For Your Dance To Inhabit Them


I like my name
Griffin
& have always been
very proud
to wear it

guardian poet myth with wings
equine actor myth
the myth of being alive & finding a
human way to do it
with eagle keen perception

the dream of fight & flight
old souls with no
fear of dying

my father's family
has been here for so many
hundreds of years
that I am at best
a high strung mongrel
for better or for worse
American

not United States of American
but simply
American
whatever that may be
& like dinosaurs at a tea party
we won't be here
that much longer

America
eats it's young :
the game is on
the global village
upon the landscape
like a hundred monkeys
pounding out cheap cancer
at a yard sale

but there are the eyes
& the eyes have it
they are my Grandmother's eyes
my father's eyes
my son, my siblings & my cousin's
eyes that criss-cross continents, oceans
& purl time dressed in sheer
nightgowns of shadow & light
dancing before the laughing academies &
the corporate firing squads
hired by the coming
dawn

I just try not to
rattle too hard
sing along
& never half step in the
shadows
or when walking thru the desert
travel only
at night

the eternity of the hour
& the infinity in the
wild flower

guilt
a dream
that never
dies

hell is happy in the
summertime


S.A. Griffin is the author of Unborn Again (Phony Lid),
A One Legged Man Standing Casually On Hollywood Blvd.
Smoking A Cigarette
(1989, Shelf Life Press), Heaven Is
One Long Naked Dance
(1993, Rose of Sharon Press),
Twisted Cadillac: A Spoken Word Odyssey
(with The Carma Bums, 1996, Sacred Beverage Press)
and Co-Editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry
(1999, Thunderís Mouth Press).






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