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Andrew Lee Poff
September 30th, 2008

He sips – the finest wine
A popular prisoner.

A demagogue is a self-deprecating artist.
He’s Christ-like in his reluctant
Of obligation.

God is the only one capable
Of comprehending
His erection…
When he envisages himself
A white knight,
A white lance,
A hooked cross branded
On the chain that ties
Sleipnir’s hoof
To the ground.

This is a Golgotha – no mounted war –
Bleeding Gestapo shit.
And you can politicize,
And you can vilify the chosen people
Until the gentiles see their ribs, in all of Deutschland,
And their shoulder blades are
The clipped wings of fallen angels.


When they’ve become ghosts
Meandering through the planes of hell
You’ve done enough,
They’re already there.

But you need to hear them scream –
To make a banshee scream –
To make a scream so loud
That it bisects the night
And turns to gel
Every bit of your broken glass.

Goddamn you!

I see you
Stepping out of that prison –
Failed painter, closet homosexual.
You don’t know what’s going to happen.
You’re idealistic and blameless.
Before you lies a sugar sea.


He stands before
A mirror
Watching his lips, shifting his hips –

Brings in a lectern
And a cracker box camera
With a toilet paper tube
Lens –
A propaganda machine.

He does it with his clothes on.
He does it naked.
Then he does it again, tomorrow.

And they never think about his smell
Like mushrooms

And French cologne
He wipes the sweat from his brow,
And smashes it down
before him
Where a strip of paper lay
Der Ville zur Macht!
And trust me,

It’ll all be


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The following comments are for "Untitled (Gravitas)"
by SirEdwinSantos

I didn't expect this from you, Good Sir Edwin. Fascinating poem. Got a little melodramatic in the middle but, hey, I like German opera; a little melodrama's not such a bad thing, necessarily. Last section was my favourite, but I also enjoyed the journey there. That last section, though, it made me stop and think for a while, which made me happy.

Great work!

( Posted by: viper9 [Member] On: October 3, 2008 )

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