Robert M Pacey

Being What it is Today

Being what it is today.

The sword
Is mightier than
An army of pens

Even Andy Warhol’s scratch
couldn’t
stop the Japanese
from buying the new and improved
Michaelangelo

Ink’s not worth
the paper you scribble on

Buy a quill
and a well and some ink
and some paper
be it lined or, better, tracing.

Write your
bunker punk rocker novel
ghetto glam junker play
and then get the hell off
our planet.

Always stick yourself up
(the safe mugging)
and dump your ink before
you commit yourself
to scribbled memory.

I don’t care how
many Bukowski books you’ve read
or if you saw the movie.

January 26, 1994
12:10am