Sucker (Artificial Colors and Flavors) and other poems

Matthew Lee Bain

 

 

Sucker (Artificial Colors and Flavors)

 

Pure-white boy; smile,

negative-space grape

(Sugar)

Pure-white girl; laugh,

negative-space grape

(Syrup)

Pure-white boy, girl play

marbles in negative space

(Acid)

Pure-white girl (Partially

hydrogenated)- eyes nose smile,

negative space - rides pure-white pony

(soybean oil)

Pure-white boy(whey), girl(soy)-

happiness in negative space - ice skate

(lecithin a)

Pure-white boy (milk, skim)- elation

in negative space - rides soapbox racer

(Condensed)

Pure boy, girl - negative complaisance

- sail away into dark-blue happiness

(including FD&C

 Blue 1, Red 40).

 

 

Sometimes in the Soft Dead Winter

 

Sometimes in the soft dead

winter trains chuff through

 

Coal-black snow-wet steel huffing

PU-ffing crow-stack plumes

 

Where loneliness lives

in the heart of the forest

the winter is bleak and white

 

No-one hears the thunder of

creak ice or the whoo-P

of fell trees...

 

Sometimes in the soft dead

winter trains chuff through

Johns and Janes jump from

open cars

 

They leave sooty snow angels or

rolling snowmen trails and footprints

gone in seconds

 

Sometimes Johns brave the creak -

No-one sees them slide beneath the ice

sheets, chuffing steam like winter trains

 

Some get lost in the beautiful

wastes - disappear like footprints -

cold solstice ornaments

 

No-one lives here with loneliness

in the heart of the forest

 

Where winter is bleak and white

Black trains chuff, PU-ff.

 

 

Sometimes in the soft dead

winter Janes and Johns jump

from open cars

 

Janes leave soft clean star

shapes, sometimes - and footprints lightly -

Their skin is pure as snow

Their eyes are as hard-blue as ice

 

No-one watches their footprints disappear

and follows...

 

Black trains blow and bellow

Chuff and PU-ff, screeching down the

ice-hard tracks - Creak ice thunders

deafening in its shift - Trees

whoo-P down to indurate ground -

Nothing else can be heard

 

 

Side Effects May Include

 

BEDLAMENE IS HERE!

Here’s the cure to depression

And allergies,

All in one fell swoop!

Say “bye bye,”

And good riddance to those pesky

Blues and sniffles

With just three pills a day!

 

 

SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE:

Scrotal hemorrhaging and bloating‑

Growth and protrusion of horns from skull‑

Secretion of blood from nipples‑

Subliminal impulses to cannibalize

family and friends (please ignore them)‑

An uncanny ability to speak with

And control kitchen appliances‑

Abundance of obscure visions such as: 

Dancing, skeletal children, Elvis’ gutted torso

Hanging from trees, colored capsules raining

Down from the heavens, extra terrestrials

Giving generous lapdances accompanied by

Glowing genitalia, etc.‑

(In studies, only 20% of participants

Reported the ability to prophecize

The return of the all‑mighty Amon‑Ra.)

 

 

Ask your doctor about Bedlamene today!

 

The Matthew Lee Bain ship is slowly but steadily approaching its thirty-second year at sail on this dreary and otherwise uncertain sea of life... Other than that, he writes fiction, studies literature, and practices Tae Kwon Do. Two of his poems were recently published in The Rose and Thorn and The Shantytown Anomaly; and a short story, "The Orange Mammoth," has been selected for publication in the upcoming anthology Horror Library Vol. 3.

 

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