TEOTWAWKI

that’s great
it starts with an earthquake
birds snakes and aeroplanes
Lenny Bruce is not afraid
eye of a hurricane
listen to yourself churn
world serves its own needs
dummy serve your own needs
feed it off an aux speak
grunt no strength
ladder start to clatter
with fear fight down height
wire in a fire
representing seven games
a government for hire
and a combat site
left of west
and coming in a hurry
with the furies breathing
down your neck
team by team
reporters baffled
trumped tethered cropped
look at that low playing
fine then
uh oh overflow
population common food
but it’ll do
save youself
serve yourself
world serves its own needs
listen to your heart bleed
dummy with the rapture
the reverend and the right?
RIGHT!
you vitriolic patriotic
slam fight bright light
feeling pretty psyched

six o’clock TV hour
don’t get caught in foreign towers
slash & burn return
listen to yourself churn
locking in uniforming
book burning blood letting
every motive escalate
automat incinerate
light a votive
light a candle
step down step down
watch your heel
crush crushed
uh oh this means no
fear cavalier
renegade steer clear
a tournament
a tournament
a tournament of lies
offer me solutions
offer me alternatives
and I decline

the other night
I dreamt of knives
continental drift divide
mountains sit in a line
Leonard Bernstein
Leonin Breshnev
Lenny Bruce and
Lester Bangs
birthday party
cheesecake
jelly bean
boom!
you symbiotic patriotic
slam book neck
right?
RIGHT!

–M. Stipe (1987)

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