WAY TOO WEST

by Julien Poirier * SONGS FROM THE WESTERN JUNGLE

Carrolton Jail Incident Something’s going on at Carrolton Jail So many witnesses among them a hard-boiled snail One night she she fell asleep At the cemetery, people of all ages Turning garlic blooms inside of her womb When she saw herself painting with her eyelashes aflame She was overjoyed Then began To chat with a reindeer Named Panama Sam And became happy Beside the tomb O something’s Going down At Carrolton Jail I’ll tell you how to get there I need to get somewhere first Realistic officers, this is the way your world looks To us Among the ghosts One testified That a bluish light Filled the body Of a New Orleans taxi cab driver And a man bought a newspaper in the dark Reptiles!

Sequin Sequin played on the rodeo It was Election Day in Borneo And that’s why Sequin had to play He was a voting manta ray Sequin went on the ferris wheel Fairy lights and Bethlehem Steel It’s gonna be a whole New Deal When Sequin takes a spin on that wheel Sequin took a ride on the Nile He snuck under the turnstyle The Egyptian Spring went out to see him He was a manta ray in the museum Sequin went to the voting poll Struck his vote in peacock coal Then he went flipping through the public school hall Took his manta ray girl to the mall Sequin went out to Oscar Grant Plaza Took his manta ray banners to Gaza Flew through the haunted house of Galilee Saw the sun set on Marlboro Country Sequin Rode on the Hobo Rails Sent his vote in the U.S. Mail Candy Apple ERA Black Panther Manta Ray Sequin played on the rodeo It was Election Day in Borneo And that’s why Sequin had to play He was a voting manta ray

The Spice Route Song Well the spice route flapped For a long while The murderers hid Where the stories grew The camels slept Just like a jigsaw town Moonlight hacking At a white nightgown Roll 6 black marbles on a Chinese board Throw suicide kings with bended ears And hang bandoliers like gazelles on horns Storm’s folding in and mutiny’s warm They’re searching for the nail Of a dragon-slaying sea Crossing up dogdays Like a superstitious flea Holding out for torches On the frozen trail Cutting up faces To patch their sails Peking arrows round the lip of a beer They say the damsels smoke like bloody spears In with the garden sparks, busdriver-tall Famine plucks your ribcage at an impassable wall Beards growing backward Like a glass of stout Shuffling satin At the halfmoon court The meadow cranes out In the junkyard dawn Kings shooting pinball With the heads of pawns Roll 6 black marbles on a Chinese board Throw suicide kings with bended ears And hang bandoliers like gazelles on horns Storm’s folding in and mutiny’s warm

Love Lives of the Florida Keys Love lives of the Florida Keys Eastern Diamondback just like me Water Moccasin feeds on frog Pigmy Rattler in a hollow log Love lives of the Florida Keys Eastern Diamondback just like me Coachwhip snake, what did the bandits take? Coral Snake in the wedding cake Love lives of the Florida Keys Eastern Diamondback dressed like me Green grasshopper, 6 beating hearts Zebra Moth in Everglades Park Whiptail Lizard, don’t look twice Twisting on the fork of a Swallowtail Kite Love lives of the Florida Keys Eastern Diamondback just like me  

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