12/18/2008

Wristwatch

wouldn’t it
be funny
as hell
if we
as adults
returned
to our
childhood
wardrobe

imagine
yr 39 year old
shape
strutting
down 5th avenue
in yr canary yellow,
“HERE
COMES
TROUBLE”
t-shirt
or shopping
for groceries
in yr blue & gray
camoflauge
“I
DON’T
TAKE
ORDERS
I
GIVE
THEM,”
hoodie

it’s totally funny
& totally untrue
b/c the person
that wore
those clothes
no longer exists
that boy
or girl
has been broken
into submission
by parents,
teachers,
cops,
judges,
lawyers,
nay-sayers,
etc

today’s t- shirt
would read,
“NOT
LOOKING
FOR
TROUBLE,”
and the hoodie
would proclaim,
“YES
SIR.
SORRY
SIR.
RIGHT
AWAY
SIR.”

every
shred
of anarchy
you possessed
as a child
has been
chipped away
replaced
by
a
time-bomb
strapped
to
your
wrist

and
it’s
ticking

Wolfgang Carstens

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One Response to “”

  1. Karl Koweski said

    This is one of the coolest, truest poems I’ve read in a long while.

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