do not *like* this poem

Has a presence

do not *like* this poem
keep your cursor off that button
they are watching
they are putting you in diagrams
they are smearing you on slides
they are assigning weights to your opinion
based on where you are from
and what they think you know

that is how stupid they all are
and they are very stupid indeed
but not as stupid as you are
if you push that button
that button is the prong of this poem
that button is the penis of this poem
that button is the proboscis of this poem
that button takes your dna
that button changes your rna
that button is four out of five dentists in the ada

Ishmael Reed has got my back on this
he knows what it is to get on the wrong side of a poem
that button will deflower you
that button is a d&c for your coat-hangered soul
they tell you you need that button
they tell you you need that button to be a presence
they tell you you need that button for validation
those are all lies and wicked lies to boot
that button is a bean counter
that button takes roll
to have a presence you need only attend
to be a presence is to command attention
the howler monkey has a presence in the jungle
the jaguar is a presence in the jungle
it’s the one making noise that gets eaten
always

I am the jaguar of this poem
I own this jungle, root to canopy
if you doubt me look below and count the “likes”
now subtract them from the number of people in the world
the difference will tell you
how many are fans of this poem
this poem eats monkeys
this poem is a jaguar whompas cat
this poem is looking at you

—Don Whittington

Is a presence

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6 thoughts on “do not *like* this poem

    • Heh, heh. For a real treat find and read “beware : do not read this poem” by Ishmael Reed unless you have already done so. Anything else by him tends to be pretty good, too.

      • So I made my husband read it to me. (And he hates reading poetry even more than he hates reading fiction. Odd couple, I know.) I enjoyed the “belch” part.

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