three from new methico (8/23/2020)

 

lyrics:
“paul the octopus”
paul the octopus didn’t live in a garden under the sea
but instead in an observation tank
because of his skill at prophecy
paul the octopus…more of an oracle than the rest of us
knew I was watching him
on the TV screen
he would have liked to have been crawling on the ocean floor
but he was addicted to synthetic ink
which made him warm all over
but also ready for his TV and internet appearances
and floaty soothsaying
and World Cup predictions of loss and victory
his best friend was a cephalopodiatrist named Gunther Metternich from Dusseldorf
eight arms reach out into space and time
eight arms reach out to spank your behind
the many arms of Vishnu the Octopus
I saw it with my mind’s eye on the internet…
________________
“ciudad juarez”
lost my eyeglasses in the rio grande
ain’t you never been swept away by forces you don’t understand?
is your lady friend acting too much like a man?
you better done show her the back of your hand
and float her down to ciudad juarez
to swim around with the rest
the coyotes and druggies
the bullets and fishies
the cactus and sand
yucca bloom and monsoon rain
a snail stickin’ to a lizard’s tail
is it a crooked board or a crooked nail?
in the grand scheme of things it’s all hell
float me down to ciudad juarez
to swim around with the rest
the coyotes and druggies
the bullets and fishies
the bloody cactus and sand

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