Marines call


Marines call to say hello,
impress. I’m over 35 but my boys
19. They could go: Hide!

One moment spent tying a shoe,
another dying, gunshot wound or poisoned food.
Events in their mere chronology
                                                make no sense.
And the details of yr dad’s life don’t either.
                                                                  Late night
quiet cigarette smoker. But next day,
the butts cleaned into the can. Who does that?
Lady in a skirt or overalls rolled up – cigarette smoke.
Now it’s yr dad.
                          Yr dad who
                                             watches for war.

Even if Uncle Sam disbands, dissolves
we the people will still be here and stay involved
with North America. The purple mountains majesty
                           and shining seas
little people, big people, brown, red, and white. Addicted
                           to action movies.
Perhaps there is no choice. One must sit, sitting still
                           as a buddha, sitting bull.
I can imagine myself and all others – drivers, voters, runners –
                           little fetal muscles
at first. Metastasizing. What’s it called when the cell
                           at the tip of the organ
or organism, divides, and the organ grows? It’s called
                           girl on a bicycle.

I find I make no sense. Her cunt, a practicality to her, is
                           delicious to me
a miraculous sea lettuce or snapdragon. You’ve heard it before.
                           A moral dilemma
wrapped in robes and silks and odors. Yet, come close,
                           and business beckons
work gets done, life goes on, hair grows in, we go on
                           vacation
the Marine Corps calls, desperate for new fetuses to teach
                           purposeful workmanlike killing
I’ll do my own killing, thanks, when violence comes to the neighborhood
                           if I’ve got your back
your back’s gotten and if I’m on point, the point’s taken.

One world under God invisible with liberty and justice for all who
                           Art in heaven
what the hell’s his name.
                                      Nemesis.
                                                     Hysterical.
The small war of an especially inept empire. The world’s too big
to swallow as the Krauts and Nips found out. Empire
is self-correcting. Them dark-skinned mustachioed shitheads
who can’t fix their own electricity seem to be kicking our asses
pert good. As did the gooks before them. All to the good. A
good lesson to know and then we all become friends following
the brawl. We apparently cannot skip the fight. It must
be fought, and fuck the girls.


Copyright 2012 by Robert Ronnow.