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If only I could rise
from this velvet couch
and say what hasn't been said
for millennia.

If only I could recall
the name of Gerard de Nerval's
waddling the Champs Elysees.

If only.

If only I could
fling my atoms
into perfect quantum orbit.

Then I might say
that words come too easily.

But you'd know better.

Just ask Marlon Brando
for a glimpse
into the future;
now that Marlon's dead,
I'm dying to know.

If only destiny
had the sultry hips
of an hourglass.


Jesus really had his work cut out.

Turn the other cheek--
that's the Christian way.
The Romans loved it!
You kill one of mine,
I'll kill two of yours--
that's another way,

You move on my territory,
I'll cut your throat.
But wait.
I moved on your territory, first.
But that was after you hung my grandfather;
remember, you said he must pay
for enslaving your grandfather?

We all know why Jesus drank wine.
Lord, turning water into wine
was an excellent idea
when you think about it.
Only problem is he should've checked Roman weapons
at the door, first.

He could've done that, you know.

If he could heal the sick and raise the dead,
surely, a few thousand Roman swords
couldn't be all that challenging.
Melting those swords
down into white wine,
a crisp chardonnay
for hot summer nights.

So, where do we store all the holy books,
because things aren't going that well?

You can't blame the Unitarians,
those pansies for peace?

Although some people do,
the Lutherans, I believe.

Oh, well.
Let's begin a moratorium
on ridiculous behavior.
Not silly behavior, for the general purpose
of frivolity or hilarity, a la Monty Python,
that's a keeper.

Let Brian run things for awhile.
No, not James, Jesus' older brother.
James has too many bones to pick.
Besides, I heard he joined the Hell's Angels,
and that makes me just a bit queasy.

Perhaps poets should run things
for awhile?

Okay, not so good.
Let's agree
to disagree.


Finally, as asp appears,
as it does in all mythologies,
the naked waist of my holy shiraz.


Alan Britt, Reisterstown, Maryland


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