Profile of Dante Alighieri
Adrift In An Ocean Of Imbeciles
Constrained by the easy consensus of cretins, brought down by the borrowings of boneheads, and held within the grasp
of the Holier Than Thou Goobers of limited and stinking so-called knowledge in their cannibalistic hamster cage of
doubt and regret, I hear Dylan croaking,
‘Crickets are chirping,’ (and the world ends there) ‘the water is high..’
‘There’s a soft cotton dress..’ *
and it begins again: the noisy impudent world of opinion unearned and circumstance contrived by the unconscious
who deliberate doubt when there isn’t room for it in this ship of retards schooled by ease, tormented
by impunity, and entertained by that abcess within the cranial fold.
This is Dante’s ninth circle minus the seventh wave, leaching into the pit.
A hill of nightmare, conveyed by broken silences; the sudden rush of abruptly adopted pains, unplugged and
unmitigated by the debt paid out through solitude served to the poor sustaining every temple.
Lead us o factotum, bring us to the river, drop us from the planes of existence – we will make pictures
together as if history was contained in some other foreign, and forgotten weather.
One more chink in the chain, the defeatist gasps, then gasps again for reinforcement.
You always knew what it meant, now and forever.
©Dean J. Baker
song lyric from * The Man In The Long Black Coat by Bob Dylan, the cd Oh Mercy, Copyright © 1989 by Special Rider Music
- excerpt from work in progress, Fat Albert’s Outpatient Folk Clinic
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Some of the poems in Dark Earth have appeared in literary print journals such as DESCANT, Jewish Dialog, etc.
©Dean J. Baker
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