I promise, my good man
you will learn to love the cold
and the early mornings
with the sun on your back
sweating in the dirt
blood on your hands
you will learn to love
the loud voices rising to shouts
and the heavy machinery
and the continuous banging and cutting
the tearing down and the going up
the long hours spent in traffic
the short intervals of sleep
never being fully rested
with food wrapped in tinfoil to keep its warmth
then packed in ice to keep it from spoiling
the sore muscles and the stiff muscles
and the joints that don’t quiet bend like they used to

the heart will swell with pride, I promise you
and the soul will find its own happy delirium

– A. Ramirez
Proletarian, from “Man is the Bastard”,
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21 cigarettes

God tosses a marigold
into the air
or maybe it’s a hand grenade
to bring in the new day

and I roll over
onto my side
to keep the sun
out of my eyes

and I know –
the money’s all gone
and I’ve smoked
twenty cigarettes

I feel like an engine
stuck in
high combustion
lungs on fire
throat ruined

been up for
thirty eight hours
haven’t showered
in three days
hair feels heavy
skin overgrown

thoughts of you now
but only in selected remembrance
filtered through a hungry stomach

I look at pictures and grow sad

cut them
cut this
cut that

and I
can’t sleep
thinking of you

at 60
going on 100

and my twenty-first cigarette

– A. Ramirez

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the noble savage

suddenly I am out under the stars
“where have the street lights gone to?” I’m thinking
and the ladies
with their eyes
and their gift
for fellatio?

suddenly the concrete driveways
have turned into
meadows of grass and weeds
and I wonder if there might
be a lion out here
or a bear –
or some kind of beast that I must
fight off and keep from gnawing at my soul

in the dark I have become weary of such things

just as I’ve come to learn
that a man unwilling
to be trained in love
is a savage man

and will often find himself
having to escape
the hostilities
of civilized women

– A. Ramirez

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