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Chicagoetry: Forgive Yourself (Better Man Than Me)

Forgive Yourself (Better Man Than Me)

All graffiti is physical.
Graffiti requires a vague understanding
of physics.

I think of it as Rogue
Physics, like knowing how to use
a double-album

and a driver's license
to clean weed.
I sweep blood

at a virtual
stock yards. I take
the train.

I take
the Blue Line. Coming home, I see

It says
"Forgive yourself."
I nearly weep.

I jones
for weed. Truth shatters.
Genius shatters.

Uncle Carl wrote
of fellow riders in
"Halsted Street Car."

His graffiti says
we are "tired of wishes,
empty of dreams."

His news stays news.
Uncle Ezra says
"This is literature."

Forgive yourself!
That's literature.
I dream

of such eloquence.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


More Tindall:

* Music: MySpace page

* Fiction: A Hole To China

* Critical biography at


Posted on June 14, 2010

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