tourists vs. travelers

tourists with crooked umbrellas and
vexed mountains in the tote bags enjoy
songs of crumbling walls in the
shades of pinched stars
stray dogs watch trippy
public domain movies each one a travesty
of an animal but the amusement of the
watermelon goddess grows with centuries
until it’s too heavy to tolerate anymore
if only i could write like a housefly
about sophists and lemons of distant lands if only
i could smell the soil featherless birds tread on

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23 thoughts on “tourists vs. travelers

  1. THE SECRET IS TO LEARN TO ENJOY THE TASTE
    AND THEN DEVOUR TOURISTS
    FLORIDIANS HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR AGES
    ALL THOSE MISSING PEOPLE FROM CANADA
    THEY AIN’T MISSING, HONEY
    THEY IS IN THE CHILLI
    THE DEEPFREEZE
    THE GATOR OUT BACK
    IF THEY BE STRONG
    THEY IN THE CANE FIELDS
    IF THEY BE YOUNG AND SEXY
    THEY WORKING THE CLUBS
    CATATONIC SOULS OCCUPY
    THE $3 CATHOUSE BEDS
    MEN FROM CENTRAL AMERICA DON’T COMPLAIN
    AFFECTIONATE AND UGLY
    OR IS THAT UGLY AND AFFECTIONATE ?
    ANYWAY, THE NO CONDOM RIDE IS THE RULE
    WHY LANGUISH AT HOME WITH THE WIFE ?

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  2. TOURISTS WITH CROOKED UMBRELLAS
    crooked umbrella could be code for the male member
    a happy devil that sleeps in a shoe factory
    all that chatter with Johnny Boy about the Levithan
    cutlery from England with a Tibetan twist
    cutlery from England with a Japanese twist
    the fire that burned for over a week
    some say God sent winged-bearers
    bearers with a torch of kissing flames
    choking people jumped out of windows
    scholar-children became savages
    poets whispered “poor simplicities”
    intertwined comments
    conversational
    autobiographical
    flarf

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    • soviet shoe factories produced plenty of footwear
      to be worn by the whole planet but in fact
      even their own population had to wear hungarian sneakers
      because all soviet factories worked exclusively
      for totalitarian regimes of the past and the future
      and for extraterrestrial dictatorships
      that’s why the aztecs incas and babylonians
      knew the sickle and hammer symbol

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      • PRIOR TO SOVIET SHOE FACTORIES
        THERE WERE SOVIET PERSONALITY FACTORIES
        AS A CHILD THEIR IMAGES FILLED THE MIND WITH DISGUST
        HOW COULD CHAUFFEUR-DRIVEN HUMANS BE SO CRUEL ?
        CLEARLY, GOD HAD GIVEN UP ON DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
        ONE LOOK AT THEIR DAILY MENU AND I WOULD FAINT TWICE

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  3. —if only you could smell the soil featherless birds tread on
    IVAN, TO SMELL THE SOIL YOUR RELATIVES TREAD ON
    EYES FOCUSED DOWNWARD
    YOU FAIL TO MAKE AN ATTEMPT
    ———————————————–
    I’VE TAKEN DOSTOYEVSKY AWAY FROM YOU
    YOU’RE SOMEONE DIFFERENT
    NOT INTERESTED
    IN WHO YOU
    SHOULD BE

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    • i have no difficulty in understanding
      who they think i should be
      and what they think of their soil
      and what it really is
      i just feel squeamish talking about it

      as to dostoevsky you can have him
      i know him by heart anyway
      not that i’m interested in recalling his words
      (40,000 brethren of some dutch mystical order
      used to publish texts under his name
      there is still the question of the original language)
      although of course when i was 14 years old
      crime and punishment was a revelation
      my math teacher once caught me reading it in class
      and what i do like to recall is the way he looked at me

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      • ABSOLUTELY CUT-AND-DRIED
        14yr OLD BOY WHO COULD READ
        WOULD BE “TEACHER” IN KENTUCKY
        MIXED EMOTIONS BARK AT CONFLICTING THOUGHTS
        SO OFTEN NO CHOICE OF RESPONSE
        LIFE CALLS ONE OUT ON THIN ICE
        HOW FAR DOES ONE GO ?

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        • A 14-year-old boy who couldn’t read in the USSR,
          at least in case he had lived in a big city,
          might have been considered a dissident, an enemy
          of the nation of relatively well educated,
          desperately ass-licking citizens,
          a mortal danger to his neighbors, relatives and to himself.
          The present-day rulers of Russia
          are a little bit wiser than the Bolsheviks: they have understood
          that poorly educated people lick asses much better.
          Back then, however, a boy who didn’t attend school
          generated preposterous envy, especially among those
          who had managed to read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
          in the prim Soviet translation.

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  4. Soviet personality factories and bingo halls – cold numbers spat out by the ancient machines –
    the good old days when they sent monkeys into space and icicles hung from the noses of factory workers at
    Leviathan –

    hammer and sickles found deep under ice – carved onto monoliths deep in junked – canopies of trees
    no light

    I was tourist with a camera hanging from neck – a thousand out of focus pictures – you can alway remember where and when you bought tawdry souvenirs

    Freudian slips, daily
    Dostoevsky on t-shirts like a revolutionary man of words

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    • thank god they hadn’t sent leviathan and moby dick over there
      cause if they had the creatures might have returned
      with all the lovecraftian spawn in their wake
      the commies among other things were quite prone to masochism
      and self-destruction
      saturn and thor sickle and hammer wielding gods
      i still wonder why they didn’t destroy the evil empire
      at its very inception

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  5. PEOPLE IN KENTUCKY GET CONFUSED
    AND THINK THE FLOOD
    WAS BETWEEN THE CIVIL WAR
    AND WORLD WAR ONE
    NOAH WAS PROBABLY AN AMERICAN
    OR ATLEAST CLOSE TO IT
    POSSIBLY AUSTRIAN
    NOAH WAS DIFFERENT
    A MYSTERIOUS LIFE-GIVING SUBSTANCE
    FLOWED THROUGH HIS BODY
    NOAH DID NOT HAVE COMMON BLOOD
    HE WAS ENTANGLED WITH SUPERSTITION
    SPIRITUAL POSSESSION PERHAPS
    *I once read that his urine smelled like Switzerland

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    • when god told him about the flood
      noah didn’t even try to dissuade him from the massacre
      all the people in kentucky ukraine and cambodia died
      and noah didn’t give a fuck about it
      his nakedness before the eyes of his sons
      means exactly that according to zohar

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      • GOD TALKED TO NOAH IN CLIPPED CLAUSES
        CONSTANTLY PUSHING TOWARD ABRUPT CONCLUSION
        RUNNING GUTTER WORDS
        GOD WITH HIS MOUTH FULL OF FOUL VERBS
        SOFT SHOES AND A TOWEL TO BLOT HIS FOREHEAD
        SHIFTING ACCENTS—WHERE WAS HE FROM ?
        SCAT SMELLS IN BLACK SPEECH
        NEVER A WHOLE SENTENCE
        KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL
        RITUAL EXPRESSION
        IRRATIONAL BUT UNDENIABLE

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        • Say, how often a middle class family living in a nice neighborhood have to clean their gutters?
          What could they discover if they did it on, say, a Thursday in the afternoon?
          I, for instance, would certainly pick up a violin because I hate the sound of it.
          That violin would be very much alive but sick to the core as any dead tree in the vicinity,
          And the void inside it would make sounds like a child that hadn’t got a piece of silence.

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          • landlessness seems to make you ponder about gutters

            shoreless people often try to occupy their minds

            you should talk to god

            He enjoys a splintered heart, a maddened hand

            think about Jonah inside that whale

            that was no picnic in any neighborhood

            think about the gender of that violin you wish to pick up

            is it a male or a female violin ?

            does it matter ?

            fingers at play with hope and fruition

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            • think about jonah inside that violin
              half-deaf and smeared with whatever violins consume
              he doesn’t care about nor even see his heart and hands
              couldn’t care less about the enjoyment of god
              and the sex of the violin
              he would use a sword or maybe he wouldn’t
              would smother the words in his mind or say them
              but god will ask him: guess who is older
              the trojan horse or the city of troy

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              • SECONDHAND ACCOUNTS OF JONAH INSIDE THE VIOLIN
                TEMPORARY NARCISSISM AT BEST
                THE SMELL OF HIS MOTHER BEFORE BIRTH
                THE WATERY WORLD OF SOUND
                EACH STEP LIKE A LUNGE OF THE TROJAN HORSE
                TIME IS A NAMELESS YEAST
                OR IS GOD A TIMELESS YEAST ?
                *Troy was uphill, baby

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      • WHEN ONE TALKS TO NOAH
        HE CLAIMS THAT THE ARK
        WAS A TROJAN HORSE
        ———ANY QUESTIONS ?
        THE ARK WAS A TROJAN HORSE
        IT CONTAINED FEET TO CONTAMINATE
        THE CLEAN EARTH
        IN A WEIRD WAY—YOUR PARENTS SPEWED OFF
        THE ARK AS EXPLOITERS
        THEY WOULD DISTURB EVERYTHING
        DNA STRAIGHT FROM THE ARK
        EVEN TODAY—INFLUENCES ARE TRACEABLE

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