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Dog in a Cassock
Dreamed 1972/2/3 by Chris Wayan
A friend brewed a liquor from the flavor-
essence of my mom's lurid paintings. She
loves fierce color, and all that vivid ichor
to a lovely drink distilled. Chilled.
Then the Criminal Genius flashes by,
aborting a job gone bad. His hapless thugs
merited no hugs. Relentless Hound bounds
by in hot pursuit. Fur suit.
The thief leaps over Crystal Springs Lake
over San Andreas Fault, from Pacific Plate
back to America. For cover he now can say
he's a Castaway. A way.
Thief hides neath a bridge. Sees a crooked crack.
Climbs in. Up spider-slow through gullets of stone
out to day. Today.
Right into paws of police! And from
behind detectives, out steps the Hound.
He rears upright in a brown cassock, as if
he's Father Serra on a Mission. Our thief
blinks, light-struck as owls.
The cop beside me announces thus the mutt:
"Chris, meet the President of the United States."
Warily, I say "Mister... President?" And
the brown hound howls.
- My mom's color-mad paintings: see Marcia Pagels Memorial Gallery
- Crystal Springs Lake: a reservoir directly atop the San Andreas Fault, with shores on different tectonic plates.
- Father Serra, on a Mission: Junipero Serra, now both a candidate for sainthood for founding the chain of missions along the California coast, and condemned for his role in enslaving, infecting and decimating whole tribes.
- Castaway, President, howl: I heard a old radio play today from the 1940s or 50s--The Lifeboat by Robert Sheckley. An automated alien lifeboat 'helps' some human castaways. Assumes they're aliens, feeds them sludge, plays a National Anthem that's a hideous mashup of John Cage, Fibber McGee and Coltrane. I'm sure that anthem was the soil of my presidential howl.
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