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Always Be Madly In Love

posted: 5/28/2011





(from the collection Always Be Madly In Love, selected poems from 1988-2010, available at Amazon)

Always be madly in love
For you've seen how it flays one into the sublime act
So just always be madly in love then
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

You don't have to tell anybody
Just always be madly in love
Prance to the fascination
Squirm unrequited in agitation flail
Smell a musky fern and rave
Yelp hysterical in passing alleys
Veer away from the discomfort you feel
Just always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

Go ahead and blush blatantly
At the slightest eyebrow
Always be madly in love
As you wait for indications
Psychic visions rapid answers
Just always be madly in love
Chew tandoori tender elements
Consume months of hermit beer
Fast emphatic for several millennia or whatever
But always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

Though you hurt down to the most ferocious membrane
At least you are madly in love yes
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
Whether crush or fancy or bone lust or stellar connection
Just always be madly in love
Want everything close and bold even painful outrageous
Always be madly in love
Pillowy weepings midnight pacings
Clandestine glances sideways suggestions
A typical percentage of always being madly in love
Broadside collisions the sheer unutterable surprise
Of suddenly being madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

When you can't do anything about it sometimes
Relish the impossibility
Eat it like superior gas
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
Speak the name aloud
Say it holy and courageous to mirrors
And trees and strangers
Write the name down and gaze all goosefleshed
Love the mirage the shadow the halo the fog
Be madly in love with it always
Love the vegetable carrion the swill
The rank dungeon the pit
But really love it
I mean really love it
Be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
You will find then the contented grin
The balanced cream the soldered assurance
Of always being madly in love

You can dance date flirt fuck fume
Pine pout wish wait watch
All while madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
The black the blue the wood-brown the carbuncle-pink
All there to be always madly in love with
The homeless the indigent the con-artist
The fellow space cadet the suburban closet freak
The athlete the milkman
The visionary sage the used car salesman
The zookeeper the clerk the average joe
All there to be always madly in love with
Always be madly in love with them
Always be madly in love

As you journey into the darker regions
As you encounter there disturbing images
Of magic death lost music errant memories
The stench of your own decay
Just always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
Embrace the uncertainty
Like God always madly in love with himself
Lay claim to chaos and futile striving
It is all only true when you are madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

No obstacles can thwart your lunge
When you are always madly in love
No allegorical animals can block your path
When you are always madly in love
No thief can purloin your steaming red heart
When you are always madly in love
No drought can parch your fertile brain
When you are always madly in love
No indecent attack can ruin your naive game
When you are always madly in love
No disaster can take your song away
When you are always madly in love
No vote can defeat your cause
When you are always madly in love
No fall can break your finery
When you are always madly in love
Every moment is a sacrament
When you are always madly in love
A stroll through the neighborhood feels like Mahasamadhi
When you are always madly in love
Sitting on the toilet is like Seventh-Chakra-Kundalini-Serpent-Power
When you are always madly in love
Time feels like an accident
When you are always madly in love
You cannot help but wake up
When you are always madly in love
You cannot help but wander the range of stars
When you are always madly in love
You cannot eat or sleep or shit regularly
When you are always madly in love
(How about that funny fever in your belly
How about the dizzy thrill
How about the ineluctable obsession
It's called always being madly in love)
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

Admit it everyday right now
Say I am madly in love
And I will always be madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
No need to be proud or ashamed
Just be madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
Storm through crowds of apathetic worms
Always madly in love
Sit in the sun and remember a great old time
Always madly in love
Watch the dogs and children the way they go about the day
Always madly in love
Shop for soup and cereal and shampoo and vitamins
Always madly in love
Go to the movies alone and eat milk duds
Always madly in love
Taste mucusthick tears aback the throat
Always madly in love
Deliberate over the next move an urge to use the telephone
Always madly in love
Grab hold of a lover and say
Hey you know what you kind of remind me of everyone I've ever known
Always madly in love
Always be madly in love with him
Always be madly in love

You need to be madly in love
In a world that guarantees nothing
Save its own inevitable end
Here's one sure bet
Always be madly in love
And you will organize a sound for the ages
Always be madly in love
It's as simple as crystal
Your existence is itself the perfect solution
Therefore always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

Spread the message to those around you
Say to them always be madly in love people
Always be madly in love
Always be madly in love with transvestite hookers
Always be madly in love with hazy delicatessen munchie drug fests
Always be madly in love with that perfect hush between preview and feature
Always be madly in love with falling asleep in the car on the way home
Always be madly in love with kaleidoscope writings
Always be madly in love with honest eyes
Always be madly in love with sort of knowing something is going on
Always be madly in love with radical gatherings
Always be madly in love with potential friendships
Always be madly in love with highest perfect wisdom
Always be madly in love with steadfast quietude
Always be madly in love with sincere jazz artistry
Always be madly in love with stupid triviality
Always be madly in love with the pathetic sadness
Of circuses carnivals fairs amusement parks parties
Any version of organized fun
Always be madly in love with the irreplaceable
Always be madly in love with the wryly indecent
Always be madly in love with crazy language mistakes
Always be madly in love with airplane ginger ale
Always be madly in love with humble tasks
Undertaken for no reward whatsoever
Always be madly in love with stories of divinely realized beings
Because what you understand about their realization
Is that they are only always madly in love
(Lao-Tzu is always madly in love
Buddha is always madly in love
Jesus is always madly in love
William Blake is always madly in love
Walt Whitman is always madly in love
Gertrude Stein is always madly in love
Cecil Taylor is always madly in love)
Always be madly in love with your own epitaph engraved thus
Here lies one who was always madly in love
Absolutely madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

To nourish your genius properly
Always be madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
Or else you will forget what has been uniquely established
Or else you will look at a book and only see words
Or else you will fulfill the despair you inherited
Or else you will turn to salt
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
So that you might live to see the neverending wave
So that you might say at last okay now I get it
Now I know what this whole weird time has been
Yes now I know that I must be always madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

To be always madly in love
Is not an exaggeration not an affect not an air
To be always madly in love is the poet's way of saying
I'm doing what I'm doing man
I'm always madly in love
To be always madly in love is to will impalpable reality
Onto a page and make it tangible and ever so rightly here
Always be madly in love
Always be madly in love
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

You have been madly in love before
But now you need to be always madly in love
And when this is the case
When you are always madly in love
First will come the silence to test your resolve
Then will come seductive indifference to tempt the fire out of you
To lure you into an icy clean
But you will not be tested only to fail
You will not be tempted only to lapse
Rather you will always be madly in love
An indigenous gift an inherent promise
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love

You want to write poetry
Now it is becoming possible
Now you are getting sleepy
Now you are unleashing your total drive
Now you are always madly in love
Always be
Now the demon is assuaged for a while
Always madly
Now you are primed for the leap
Always in love
Now you are hearing the river whisper
Always be madly in love
Always be madly in love
On your mark
Always be madly in love
Get set
Always be madly in love with it
Always be madly in love
Go

(from the collection Always Be Madly In Love, selected poems from 1988-2010, available at Amazon)