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death in CDC infirmary

Posted to Poetry

besides this threading circus
misfits, warpainted
scarred infected
lie in filth-spattered
cells breathing death
blood lungs phlegm
a nothing river in the
fed sink…

filipina nurses
turn over ancient
thieves and wipe their
ass before a helping
of frijoles

not marketable, not cabaret
schtick, hep alphabet
permeating the vessels of
pioneers, unknown
beat chanters
falling off bunks
into wonder

my friend Cal
from Sac died in state
one day last year
after the cops
moved him
into protective custody
since some skins
wanted to off him
for not paperworking
a chester
his liver
a small piece of