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by Joy
Rated: ASR · Poetry · Entertainment · #824165
TV -- I watch... not
    "All who walk with long knives are not cooks."
                                              Russian Proverb

As a modern torrero bravo,
I wield the remote's
long imperceptible blade
to slash into the screen,
from my LazyBoy
all the way to the Sombrero Galaxy,
while X-rays, lasers, and infra-reds
aim for isolation
or Nielsen ratings
cutting it both ways.

Inside the box,
man or anti-man
-- spreading jelly under peanut butter
but better at cueing at a billiard-room--
drops the knife on the floor
when a bell jingles and the door opens
with spasms.

The din of steel
swells in mockery
of the moans of a fallen angel,
swallowed whole
inside a vulture's neck,
Still, everyone gets taxed on his own street,
even Michael Corleone.

the minds that guide
horned-skulls and long knives
with haphazard cheering,
and for progress,
they may attempt
to insert electronic chips
into the rain
coming down in waving sheets

On the other hand,
famished, I commit
a sacrilegious act
by clicking the power button off
to enjoy the takeout pizza from Giorgio's,
free from turbulence.

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