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Head and Bottle

is there going to

be a tragic ending?

of course there is


something involving

vital organs

possibly or a busted windshield


siren lights

on a ceiling

a fury inside


a skull

inside a trailer

inside a tool-shed


let's stop talking about

it

let's move on


here we are

blurry-assed

and spectacular


staring down the future

here we are

a sad little punk


telling really big lies

at a bar

where the mop bucket


is decoration

and the only song on the jukebox

is about not being able to sing


anymore

here

head and


bottle conjoin

like beautician

and burglar


if only we could

tell the future

if only


we knew

what

was next


("Head and Bottle," Philip Guston, 1975)




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