The Grapes Of Wrath

Well there’s Hooverville on the edge of the river
haint nuttin boot flimsy cardboard e’en with clothes will shiver
waiting for tension to be released like a arrow in a taut quiver
major organs ready to burst open cuz day r all a failin
unless salvation does da liver
from a stingy farmer nada one of him a giver

Hence a goin to Cali for n’ya
in battered up truck n wailin wah wah
ta feed da chill n beasts o burr den – ‘cept un shaw
if me pa
will ever appear on Oprah
whar guest’s literary car – rears into grand prix hoopla

An win free dim lifts us lock a hawk, this kid rock will nah
dat he suffered faw a distant few cha
migrants we may be – butta we bah
dog on judas priest, Christ and Allah

Rose of Sharon wool extend da family tree
dat ma will live to see
re:
charging the Joad jalopy in part from me
tink rin hands dat like ta mess with oil hand stains
one mo scar – craning neck 2 earn

A notha red badge of courage upon this Okie
hunched o’er with stiff back while Wounded Knee
continually bunged up with utter glee
at engine cough fin smoke to git us free
whar we kin sally in da pacific fields yip eee.

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Matthew Scott Harris

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çhåråc†e® ske†çh øƒ m円hew sçø†† hå®®is! ™Born in Cincinnati that buckeye state January 13th 1959 – 57+ years to date A tangle of arms & legs testing lungs, which sounded great He kind of resembled a misshapen octopus with oval pate Glowering inxs of deep purple from blue mood being irate Thrust out the womb of Harriet Harris whom Boyce did date After courting this youngest Kuritsky kin whose ill-fate Whisked by grim reaper, which demise she did hate For her being imbued with vim and vinegar til illness ate Away her je nais sais quois personable maternal trait Evident during my boyhood reflected by her son of late As he too inches closer to his mortality and Hades gate Aware that each day ought to be cherished as the rate Of time courses down zip line where grim reaper does wait Attired in brand name hoodie swinging scythe across oblate Spheroid i.e. terrestrial firmament – though years some great Yet to be lived – trying to re cap cha childhood bliss b4 freight Train on a collision course toward self-destruction ala tete a tete With Anorexia Nervosa as thy then coveted deadly mate A brutal hellish spiral down in2 abysmal depths of despair did create Indelible psychological affects undermined existence I now equate writ horrendous emotional, physical n social gouge within pate Pledged troth ('bout 2+ decades ago), which spouse oft times berate For lack of expressed concern and attests schizoid psychic slate irrevocably seared and stunted natural development where I rate prepubescent, early adulthood mental illness did grate Against once boisterously playful innocent boy crushed potentate Only male heir from me deceased mother who tried to extirpate Mailer daemons who forged suicide pact and via voice did dictate Albeit without success, yet decry forsaken innate Experiences with female relationships off viz poisoned bait!
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