poetry critical

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Random Poem:

When God Closes a Door, The Devil Opens a Window
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The sky is my laboratory.
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My beard: a seven story mountain.
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As long as I stick to those anti-dehydration techniques
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I learned from Caine on Kung Fu,
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I believe I can make it across this desert without food or water.
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I feel like Charles Manson playing the insane game,
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except I never owned The White Album
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and sold my dune buggy in 1987.
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I am running from God.
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A lowrider full of Crips pulls along side of me,
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offers to save my life.
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I accept.
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And after drinking three cans of warm Diet Dr. Pepper
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and taking a few hits of ditch weed with cracked lips,
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I tell them to let me out at the Dairy Queen on the corner.
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I order a large french fry, eat it right there at the counter.
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A churchy type woman stares at me in disgust.
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I open my mouth and stick out my tongue,
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let her have a good look at some chewed up food.
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Her demeanor reminds me of a story I heard in prison:
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A Russian prostitute birthed a son addicted to heroin.
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When he was a month old she traded him to a politician's wife
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for an alligator handbag.
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The memory of that story is still trying to destroy me.
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I continue the long walk home
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and enter the city at dusk.
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The light is dying behind the mountains,
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giving way to streetlights, headlamps and the inner glow.
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Dark clouds and darker spirits accompany me
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as I expand and explore the space between worlds.
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I cut through a run down neighborhood,
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my seven story beard magically warding off drug dealers,
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the homeless,
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and mothers calling children home for supper.
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