PRESENT PERFECT TIME
Elvis had lived, would there have been no Kurt Cobain?
what if i'm writing for all the wrong reasons,
so badly out of time and focus that my message is muttled,
mottled by a myriad of conflicting assumptions?
what if Jesus had sinned, would Nixon have told us the
would Hitler have been merciful, would you?
and if things were different, would we be happier,
kinder, gentler, in a world that produces
naughty 900 numbers, serial killers, sandwiched
birthdays and deathdays and lost dogs on the evening news?
and whaat if we stopped watching, wanting t.v.,
stopped waiting for disasters, disorders, to happen?
the words we use, and what if the words we used
wiser, more succienct to points, to the ponderous positions
that we make, would we not have to wonder,
have to banter about exactly where we stood or stand?
we've simply become encumbered, become left in utter
in a present frame of mind, thinking through things
slowly and feeling rather lowly, trapped within a time
a present perfect time span, @WHAT 'Ifing" all the
that we never seem to bother to perceive another picture,
fuzzy, blotted, conjecture, dull pointing piece of
what if we thought and shuddered and shattered what had
or at least what we still think matters at the
would we still stand here banding all together
in this present perfect crime?
- Vincent J. Calone