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THE BANKERS ARE SWINGING FROM THE CRUCIFIX

by David Halliday

Copyright 2017



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A NAIL IN THE HAND

A nail in the hand without anger, a crucifixion

upside down without being Peter.

is pain

the only measure of being alive.



I was thinking about the children and she said

the dishes won't wash themselves.

I wept into the clouds

that covered the glasses that we drank from.



It wasn't that I hurt, more like I'd rented

a piano that I couldn't play.

I wanted life

to say something about life.



There was a nail in my palm that I picked out

with my teeth. Peter was a kite

and he flew across the sky with a message following behind.

I tried to find my flashlight and my glasses.

There's always hope before you understand,

was what Jesus meant to say.



AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR

I'm probably a little old to start a career in this business.

First words my friend said at my funeral.

And then everyone went out and attended a parade of boats and oysters.

I didn't go because

I can't swim.

Weeks before I had sent a couple of my friends a routine they could perform for my obituary, (like Abbot and Costello). But Vic refused and Eddy doesn't understand English.

Only minutes to go now.

And what happens if moments before you're about to pass you get a toothache.

And your dentist is in the Bahamas with his new girlfriend.

So I decided to have all my teeth pulled out before that happened. I read somewhere that Andre Breton had all his vowels removed from his manifestos. Before he passed.

That must have been very painful for a Frenchman.

And now a word from our sponsor.



AS I GROW OLDER


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