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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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