an ordinary poem
since you’ve always wanted
to know I am going to admit that I never liked Shakespeare,
Tolstoy, baseball, summers on the shore, arm-
wrestling, hockey, Thomas Mann, Vivaldi, Winston Churchill,
Moore, free verse,
pizza, bowling, the Olympic Games, the Three Stooges, the
Brothers, Ives, Al Jolson, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Mickey
fathers, mothers, cousins, wives, shack jobs (although preferable
to the former),
and I don’t like the Nutcracker Suite, the Academy Awards,
Melville, pumpkin pie, New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Labor Day,
Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Good Friday, The Who,
Bacon, Dr. Spock, Blackstone and Berlioz, Franz
lice, fleas, goldfish, crabs, spiders, war
heroes, space flights, camels (I don’t trust camels) or the
Updike, Erica Jong, Corso, bartenders, fruit flies, Jane
churches, weddings, birthdays, newscasts, watch
dogs, .22 rifles, Henry
and all the women who should have loved me but
the first day of Spring and the
and the first line of this poem
and this one
that you’re reading
Capitalism murdered my friend’s hair and beard. He “couldn’t get a job” without cutting it all off. This is a sad, sad day. He looked so wise and friendly before. Now he looks like a dork, and a good five years younger.
I am very invested in this guy’s hair, apparently.
Is it wrong to regret ever having welcomed the burden of intellectualism into my life, or should I be grateful for this shot I have at true enlightenment, even if right now it seems so overwhelmingly to be a shot in the dark?
What is true enlightenment anyway? Where does the assumption, my assumption, that enlightenment and a brainwashing of academia are somehow related, even come from?
If you read economics, they present it as though it’s a science. I’ve read through much of the curriculum of what bachelor’s and master’s degree Harvard University students would read for their degrees in economics. Economics is not a science. It’s an invention. It’s a contrivance. It’s funny, you look at economics books and they have graphs and charts and they make complex novel equations. It’s all contrived. It doesn’t have any relationship to the natural order of things.
—Peter Joseph (via zeitgeistmovement)
It is based upon and folkway of orienting production and distribution, and we’ve established this massive structure that makes it seem valid. There’s really nothing anyone needs to know about economics, than the fact that the entire global economic system is based upon people constantly consuming, regardless of the state of affairs in natural orders of energy, planetary materials and anything else. It is blind, narrow consumption with absolutely no regard for the environment.
I’m such a kiss-ass to guys with intimidating good looks who are also charming and friendly goddamnit. I guess it’s jealousy or something. Oh, life.
A friendly personality makes everyone so much more attractive. I know a lot of friendly people. This is a bit of a problem for me :P
Bon EYE-ver, Bon EYE-ver