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Chicagoetry: St. Francis of My Ass

St. Francis of My Ass

I don't mean to tick anybody off.
I pray to my own St. Francis.
St. Francis of My Ass, Clyde!

Nobody but me slams
my door. This keeps me free.
I am not a Socialist!

I am not a bedbug!
I do not weep blood and then cease.
Like an eagle, I increase!

Yes, and this is
an eagle which stands
for itself.

This can be a weird thing
when it's real. This is the deal:
you are the deal.

And sometimes it fucks up,
becoming a veritable bay
of pigs, twigs

in a bastard eagle's maw.
Wait: I didn't mean that!
I meant bats

in a bog-hole.
Ego mistaken for conscience,
ice in a bog-hole.

Who cares if God is dead?!
What make the maw of the moon?
Youch! Intimations of gloom . . .

Don't tell me who God is,
don't bother. Let it hover.
Rat Bastard Moon!

Skull of the frozen lake,
a whirlpool of drama,
skull god strafes lake.

My garden is frozen,
twigs crack by the dozen.


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 February 4, 2010

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