more work needed to make a dadaist poem

1 November 2015

with apologies to Tristan Tzara

take newspaper & scissors
you’re on your way up the purple mountain
sometimes you have to cheat

choose an article the length of your intended
you know how it is
by mistake you sit in the laughing carriage

unhorsed among damp mohair sculptures
cut the words into a bag & shake them, arrange
words in the order they escape from home

water slips down the softest window
substitute better words
change an ending or two

endowed with a bag lady sensibility
copy conscientiously a vale of tents
sliding superfluous words

behind barricades
the poem will be beyond the understanding
of the uninitiated, but charming like you

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