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The Cliff


by Daniel Hargrove

Published by Daniel Hargrove at Smashwords


Copyright 2017 Daniel Hargrove


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Table of Contents


01) The Cliff


02) Double Ace


03) The Long Rap of the Paranormal


04) Below the Fold


05) Drama


The Cliff


She stood on the edge

of the precipice

Big Sur crashing below

she could see whales

congregating

in the distance

the thought

crossed her mind

to jump

the wind

wrestled her to the ground

isn't the wind

always the hero?

With its

salt spray?

Perhaps she could

ride a whale

away

deep into

the brine

she wouldn't mind

a passenger

collecting starfish

for her shelf


Double Ace


History

is written wrongly

history

is not a series

of wars and monarchs

there is

the history of agriculture

the history of sports

the history of art

music

literature

the history

of peace

cooperation

people fight

over how

history will be written

of course

those who promote war

win that battle

though the pen

is mightier

than the sword

we don't

forget our history

dominoes


The Long Rap of the Paranormal


The paranormal is so meltingly un-pragmatic

so canary-ly relevant

so conveniently coincidental

(square, man)

so completely locked in context

(artificial and natural light (Sproing!))

that it is completely worthless

Yes, stuff disappears

(stuff disappears in nature all the time)

Who cares? Its useless

Maybe your money would disappear

if you got the hang of it

It's a vicious, circular logic

(How very roundabout!)

based on paradoxical ends (Yes!)

as in the transfer of inertia

(self-referential negations)

and positively and negatively charged

poles of time

(High as a kite!)

ignore it

one could spend a lifetime studying it

and I have

believe me

it is not practical

it is just paranoid garbage

because the Republicans have

the upper hand with relativity

with the economic time crunch (Boing!)

betraying your generosity

the truth about the paranormal

is it just adds to the big, cotton candy, lie,

takes way too much time to understand

Weeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

and is the property of mind expansion cultists

Doom!

who never get us anywhere

but the Waffle House


Below the Fold


You fold it

just so

it goes for

many yards

many meters

the nose

is heavier

than the tail

we could play

catch with it

and sure enough

Jerry caught

the airplane.

On the roof

they go further

on their descent

never touching the ground

as they sail

on the breeze

all the way

to Ohio

where the man

of many colors

snatches it

out of the air


Drama


Machine guns

rat-a-tat-tat-tat

pink bullets

distressing jungle leaves


Traffic

beep beep!

Model-T Ford

chugs along


Workaday

payday Friday

money for gumdrops

orange and green


Newspaper

made of electrons

pronouncing doom

equivocally


Bulldozers

brick wall gone!

kick a brick

Ouch!


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