From Sea to Shining Sea

 

1

Natural order is being restored

Natural order means you take a pomegranate

that encapsulated plastic looking orb complete

with its little top/a childproof cap that you can

neither twist nor turn

and you keep the pomegranate stacked inside a wobbly

pyramid composed by 103 additional pomegranates

next to a sign saying 89 cents

each

 

Natural order is being restored

Natural order does not mean a pomegranate

split open to the seeds sucked buy the tongue and lips

while teeth release the succulent sounds

of its voluptuous disintegration

 

The natural order is not about a good time

This is not a good time to be against

the natural order

 

(voices from the background)

 

“Those Black bitches tore it up! Yakkety

yakkety complain complaints couldn’t see

no further than they got to have this

they got to have that they got to have

my job, Jack: my job!”

 

“To me it was Black men laid us wide open for the cut.

Busy telling us to go home. Sit tight.

Be sweet. So busy hanging tail and chasing

tail they didn’t have no time to take a good

look at the real deal.”

 

“Those macho bastards! They would rather blow

the whole thing up than give a little: It was

vote for spite: vote white for spite!”

 

“Fucken feminists turned themselves into bulldagger

dykes and scared the shit out of decent

smalltown people. That’s what happened.”

 

“Now I don’t even like niggers but there they were

chewing into the middle of my paycheck

and not me but a lot of other white people

just got sick of it, sick of carrying

the niggers”

 

“Old men run the government: You think that’s

their problem?

Everyone of them is old and my parents and the old

people get out big numbers of them, voting for the dead?

 

“He’s eighteen just like all the rest.

Only thing he wants is a girl and a stereo

and hanging out hanging out. What

does he care about the country? What

did he care?”

 

Pomegranates 89¢ each

 

2

 

Frozen cans of orange juice.

Pre-washed spinach.

Onions by the bag.

Fresh pineapple with a printed

message from the import company.

Cherry tomatoes by the box.

Scallions rubberbanded by the bunch.

Frozen cans of orange juice.

Napkins available.

No credit please.

 

3

 

This is not such a hot

time for you or for me.

 

4

 

Natural order is being restored.

Designer jeans will be replaced by the designer

of the jeans.

Music will be replaced by reproduction

of the music.

Food will be replaced by information.

Above all the flag is being replaced by the flag.

 

5

 

This was not a good time to be gay

 

Shortly before midnight a Wednesday

massacre felled eight homosexual Americans

and killed two: One man was on his way

to a delicatessen and the other

on his way to a drink. Using an Israeli

submachine gun the killer fired into the crowd

later telling police about the serpent in the garden

of his bloody heart, and so forth.

 

This was not a good time to be Black

 

Yesterday the Senate passed an anti-busing

rider and this morning the next head

of the Senate Judiciary said he would work

to repeal the Voter Registration

Act and this afternoon the Greensboro

jury fully acquitted members of the Klan

and the American Nazi party in the murder

of 5 citizens and in Youngstown Ohio and in

Chattanooga

 

Tennessee and in Brooklyn and in Miami

and in Salt Lake City and in Portland Oregon

and in Detroit Michigan

and in Los Angeles and in Buffalo

Black American women and men

were murdered and the hearts

of two of the victims were carved

from the bodies of the victims, etcetera.

 

This was not a good time to be old

 

Streamliner plans for the Federal Budget

include elimination of Social Security

as it exists; and similarly Medicare and Medicaid

face severe reevaluation, among other things.

This was not a good time to be young

 

Streamliner plans also include elimination

of the Office of Education and the military

draft becomes a drastic concern as the national

leadership boasts that this country will no longer

be bullied and blackmailed by wars for liberation

or wars

for independence elsewhere on the planet, and the like.

 

This was not a good time to be a pomegranate ripening on a tree

 

This was not a good time to be a child

 

Suicide rates among the young reached

alltime high as the incidence of child

abuse and sexual abuse

rose dramatically across the nation.

In Atlanta Georgia at least twent0eight Black

children have been murdered, with

several more missing and all of them feared dead, or

something of the sort.

 

This was not a good time to be without a job

 

Unemployment Compensation and the minimum

wage have been identified as programs

that plague the poor and the young

who really require different incentives

towards initiative/pluck and so forth.

 

This was not a good time to have a job

 

Promising to preserve traditional

values of freedom, the new administration

intends to remove safety regulations

that interfere

with productivity potential, etcetera.

 

This was not a good time to be a woman

 

Pursing the theme of traditional values of freedom

the new leadership has pledged its

opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment

that would in the words of the President-elect

only throw the weaker sex into a vulnerable

position among mischievous men, and the like.

 

This was not a good time to live in Queens

 

Trucks carrying explosive nuclear wastes will

exit from the Long Island Expressway and then

travel through the residential streets of Queens

en route to the 59th Street Bridge, and so on.

 

This was not a good time to live in Arkansas

 

Occasional explosions caused by mystery

nuclear missiles have been cited

as the cause for local alarm, among

other things.

 

This was not a good time to live in Grand Forks North Dakota

 

Given the presence of a United States nuclear

missile base in Grand Forks North Dakota

the non-military residents of the area feel

that they are living only a day by day distance

from certain

annihilation etcetera.

 

This was not a good time to be married

 

The Pope has issues directives concerning

lust that make for difficult interaction

between otherwise interested parties

 

This was not a good time to not be married.

This was not a good time to buy a house

at 18% interest.

This was not a good time to rent housing

on a completely decontrolled

rental market.

This was not a good time to be a Jew

when the national Klan agenda targets

Jews as well as Blacks among its

enemies of the purity of the people

This was not a good time to be a tree

This was not a good time to be a river

This was not a good time to be found with a gun

This was not a good time to be found without one

This was not a good time to be gay

This was not a good time to be Black

This was not a good time to be a pomegranate

or an orange

This was not a good time to be against

the natural order

 

—Wait a minute—

 

6

 

Sucked by the tongue and the lips

while the teeth release the succulence

of all voluptuous disintegration

I am turning under the trees

I am trailing blood into the rivers

I am walking loud along the streets

I am digging my nails and my heels into the land

I am opening my mouth

I am just about to touch the pomegranates

piled up precarious

 

 

7

This is a good time

This is the best time

This is the only time to come together

 

Fractious

Kicking

Spilling

Burly

Whirling

Raucous

Messy

Free

 

Exploding like the seeds of a natural disorder.

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