Safety in numbers/surviving the inquisition

So there’s safety in numbers?

don’t believe any of it

don’t think that you’ll be that face in the crowd

the guy in the Macy’s parade wearing the hat

the guy in the bank line wearing patent leather shoes

don’t think that you are part of a movement

…there is no movement.

Don’t read the papers…they don’t exist

Don’t think you will survive the inquisition

they know where you are

they know you’ve worked in shipping

for the past seventeen years, and

they know you’re 63 years old and

you drink too much.

They know you…they can pull you out

of line whenever they want

and stick a cold, soup-line finger into your chin

ouch…it’s 1932 all over again

bite your lip. Stand up straight.

So let them do it.

You’re a little punch drunk now.

In half an hour you’ll realize that

…none of it matters…

You’re Just a frazzled old beatnik at heart

Writing poems, and

telephoning friends before

looking around for a bus ride out of town.

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2 thoughts on “Safety in numbers/surviving the inquisition

  1. There are folks who do provide some safety in numbers – those who comment, “HECK YA!” on your posts AND say – ‘comment/email me anytime, unless you want privacy, then write it out and send via carrier pigeon!” 🙂 Fantabulous (Heck Ya!) poetry! 🙂

    • Yes, I suppose there are some of those people around. Thank you for reading, and commenting. And you may comment and email me anytime — I have long given up on privacy so my life is pretty much an open book 🙂

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