Wednesday, September 16, 2009

PREACHER OF WALL STREET


RWP#92 using all of the 13 word gems shown




PREACHER OF WALL STREET


Trapped within the head of his madness
contemplating thoughts of poetry
never written
a temporary remedy for despair
for last nights death confection
a hip hop poet
a scofflaw
who would rather drink plum wine
than sleep
or conform to the laws
of prohibition
or be in the limelight
for killing a snake with a bible
at a born again funeral
or having a blockage of the bowl
and starting a war in Iraq
or extend a hand
to the preacher of Wall Street
who has only a pittance
for the poor poet
but bails out the vomitting multitude
bourgeois bankers
who run off with the money
and burn in their fields of clover
with the preacher of Wall Street
a husk of himself
afraid he might be liable
for the poets madness.

21 comments:

rallentanda said...

Love the rhythm of this poem.Also hip hop
poet in the limelight for killing a snake with the bible...hilarious....liability for poet madness...satirical..A winner Wayne!

Irene Toh said...

Wayne, you've got a winner here. Enjoyable read!

anthonynorth said...

This edgy and powerful, yet with a lovely flow to it. Excellently done.

woodennickel said...

Mi poetico companero, this was excellent. You really got into the reality of a timely message. I really liked the rhythm and content.
DH

Derrick said...

Strong images and message here Wayne.

katiebird said...

This was very good - I could hear this read aloud and think it would be very powerful. I'd love to hear your phrasing of it.
I especially loved "who has only a pittance
for the poor poet
but bails out the vomitting multitude"
Your poor poet must've come from the same family as the guy from "the Machinist" - if you've never seen that movie, somehow your poor poet reminds me of that kind of tortured soul- loved this, thanks for sharing!

Raven's Wing Poetry said...

This was awesome...it reminded me of a piece I wrote last year (Modern Day Jeremiah in Six Sentences)...the poor guy lost, standing amidst the dull-brained darkness of the multitude. My favourite phrase: "or be in the limelight/for killing a snake with a bible/
at a born again funeral". Great job! Also you used the words well.

-Nicole

theresebroderick said...

I see the poem as a powerful lament: "death...killing...funeral...war...fields of clover." In this poem, so much virtue dies: honesty, peace, fairness. The phrase "born again funeral" is really striking.

briarcat said...

I like that he'd rather drink plum wine than sleep--or conform, or be in the limelight

Cynthia Short said...

Very very good, plus I absolutely agree with what you were saying in it! Especially liked "Killing a snake with a bible at a born again funeral". Terrific!

davidmoolten said...

I like the beat style run on sentence that powers this and the melodic raggedness of the imagery and diction, telling a story both visionary and squalid in one accurate and accusatory breath.

Linda said...

I really enjoyed the rhythm and the way the poem moved through the imagery. There is very vivid imagery too. This is a powerful poem. Thank you.

Francis Scudellari said...

I can identify with the hip hop poet's madness. which isn't very mad at all. A great read. I'll have to try that snake-killing technique :)

mariegauthier said...

"for killing a snake with a bible" is definitely a standout line! And mayhaps your preacher isn't the only fan of plum wine here? Strong voice, fun read, thank you.

Amulya Rajan said...

Love the way the poem flows effortlessly. I even lost track of the words you were using. Great characterisation too.

Jeeves said...

Nice one

SarahJane said...

I love how this pours out - good voice.

This is my favorite sequence:
"for last nights death confection
a hip hop poet
a scofflaw
who would rather drink plum wine
than sleep
or conform to the laws
of prohibition
or be in the limelight
for killing a snake with a bible
at a born again funeral
or having a blockage of the bowl
and starting a war in Iraq
or extend a hand
to the preacher of Wall Street"

zouxzoux said...

Powerful! This is activist poetry at its' best. You are bookmarked.
And thanks for visiting my blog.

Nathan said...

Great poem, Wayne! I love the lines "bourgeois bankers / who run off with the money."

pamelavillars said...

I agree with Sarah Jane about the favorite passage. I like the poetic expressing the political - well done!

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Oh this is where you hang out! Interesting reading...makes me want to write again. My poems tend to be gloomy and not very pretty though!