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Rummy’s ramblings in a leaked memo of a drowning man in a sea of blood who doesn’t know if he’s sinking or swimming he keeps killing and spending but new enemies keep coming at bargain prices it’s just like peaking during an acid trip War! without boundaries of measurement can not know if i’m really […]

A Memo

by STEW ALBERT

Rummy’s ramblings
in a leaked memo
of a drowning man
in a sea of blood
who doesn’t know if he’s
sinking or swimming

he keeps killing and spending
but new enemies keep coming
at bargain prices
it’s just like peaking
during an acid trip

War!

without boundaries
of measurement
can not know
if i’m really moving
and in what direction

War!

cannot know
if it’s a great victory
or just me
choking and dying
in my own rage.

STEW ALBERT runs the Yippie Reading Room. His memoir, Who the Hell is STEW ALBERT?, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. He can be reached at: stewa@aol.com