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A lot of God can happen in three seconds
                             Not much heaven though


Here is a man before a fight: A leave-me-alone type of character
emerging from the penniless death
of a one-way-street fiction
                    I mean I’m going to make it
                    even if I have to drive backwards


All I have is chord changes and a thousand backhands
               Driving a street like I’m choking it


Car full of nephews
There hasn’t been a son since November
And there hasn’t been a street I can’t choke to death


This city better back down

See this gun on the table
And something about staring until it all feels stable


Why wouldn’t I protect everyone


All my deaths sleep late
And I name them all


My son better be quick
My daughter better shoot first


Because we fold for no one
We fold for nothing


Ok, the first thing you’ll feel is a heat
     This lady would tell me
     Telling me about possession
Drink life neat is what I’d mostly hear
And most of the world leaves me alone


               To breathe like a giant
             To go to jail every once in a while


When the genocide kicks up in late May
When politicians have too easy a time:


I’m gassing backwards out of a one-way street
In honor of myself
And in honor of you (if you understand the nature of the world)


                             How long have I been
                             just like my father
                             One hell of a
                             resemblance says the
                             anxiety of five men
                             This is crossroads
                             Crossroads narrative
                             So much crossroad that
                             they got in the habit of
                             turning back
                             Turn back only to
                             find themselves
                             remembering me
                             But not my last words
                             A man before a fight


You will feel a heat
But there’s nothing to keep in mind
Nothing to remember
Really nothing to be
Just this moment
Then another
Then stare
Then it all becomes stable
Then the table legs go fuzzy
And Friday is an unfamiliar face peeking through the window


It’s cool to panic for a second
Composure is wasted on your worst enemies


     People are marked on that sidewalk
     You are the only thing life-sized
     Everybody knows this
     In a wire hanger empire
     When the blood stops walking
     This feeling isn’t father enough to be permission to fold
     You better swing one more time


That father of yours
Rose from the grave and said, just give me five more minutes
Said, running water is a myth
It’s us who run up, down, and along side of this water


And people don’t rise from the grave
They are not laid down neither
It’s us who flip all round their body


So beware when the people around you look like they are about to jump
It might be your time


You’ll feel a heat


And when four walls demand to be four walls
And the earth outside mutes
Do not panic


Do not recreate the earth outside
Do not tell jokes to yourself
Do not talk disrespectfully to the four walls
Instead, unclench your fist and walk away


There might be heaven
if you understand the nature of the world

Four Walls

Tongo Eisen-Martin

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