American Pain II
American Pain rises from the Atlantic
Like a flounder dragged by its tail
From European waters.
Transmitted not transformed
But Transmuted too on a genetic level.
Elation can be remitted at the nearest station
Of the entertained, staring
At the screen-born narcissus and
That are read thousands of miles away
And sent back in electric rivers.
Underground smoke in underground caves
Underground water with underground waves
In America the sweet stuff is subterranean.
Pain spilling over the continental divide
Whose very existence is an affront
To the ‘can do’ slaughterers.
The Purveyors of plague and gold
Are Singing to the skies
Of the blackness that is old
Under a crust of caliche.
You stuffed Rage in pockets
Ripping double-sewn seams
Spilling in to speech
That rips the flesh from dreams
Leaving jagged scars
Revealed by the high beams.
Everyone here wants
The becoming breath followed by the little death,
Instead here comes the agony defying all logic
Speaking out in embarrassing fullness.
You are who and what you say you are
In spite of all evidence to the contrary.
You’ve caught frightening in a bottle!
Putting a heightening waddle in the pills
Take a coffee to make the failures
That are roped off for display
And sent tap dancing away.
The Western extreme of this country
is leather locked
Cracked, Dried, hung to cure
The weary continental plates in the east
Have gone to sleep
But in the west there is scraping and arguing.
Fertilized with Dung that is pure
Over weedless Golf courses.
The threat of separation is always present.
Impaled on a flag that flaps
You’ll need more than maps
To scan your way through this
Land of liquid bliss.
Prospectors dig in springs for love
That they give away in town.
Here is the focused agony
That we don’t get to admit
In a country of actors who ask
The real questions in fake movies
Where sins are skinned
And hogtied to a bed of nails.
No wonder you need a chemical
veil of tears just to meet up
With the other masks that cover
The blazing nerves.
Joshua Kight 6/20/18
Be on the lookout for the video premiere of this poem on ArtProfiler.com on Friday, November 30!