I Didn’t Pay Attention
I can only say good things
now that you’re dead – that’s the rule
or maybe I can say really good bad things like
he could peel a banana with his mind
he used to host spider eating contests
Sometimes you flirted with my girlfriend
& that was ok.
I liked that girlfriend, too
if you hold a stethoscope to a banana
do you hear the hands that picked it?
Well of course, you ninny!
& then I’d help you find a chair
I wondered if all of it was true
& now all of it is true
sit down, David!
you called me a few times & I didn’t
pick up the phone.
I think, when you’re young, you can chat & chat
up all night pondering death & The Milky Way
& then you forget all that
until you’re truely alone
& there’s a spider in your bed
a real man
(a man in touch with the real)
never stops wondering
about the banana
or what church bells can do
besides being church bells
did I tell you
he could peel a banana
with his mind?