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TWO WORKS
BY RAY VAN HORN, JR.

NON COMPOS MENTIS

(Inspired by Ministry's Psalm 69)
 
the persistence of time
drives some men mad
like the frantic, ceaseless minute hand
        s p i n n i n g
        w h i r l i n g
        r o t a t i n g

grinding circular
chopping
like the swing of an unrestrained hand
bearing the compulsive razor of death
 
frightened cherubs
chanting teary psalms of destruction
ignored by unbalanced ears
ears that follow the rhythm
of a delirious pentameter
        tick
                tick
                        tick
 
nude angel
with wilted wings
and silhouetted buttocks
        from behind she looks like Liz Taylor
and she looks positively lost
beseeching balance
on behalf of the chaste
 
as…
 
a hotrod straight from Hell
with .289 horsepower
crashes the gates,
the devil's ride
fallen angel riding shotgun
and parting her legs
whispering to a
potential acolyte
I wanna love you…
paradise turns to ash
in the mind's eye, distorted
 
        tick
                tick
                        tick
 
the praxis of rationale
undone
ravaged
undeniably
        raped
        and corroded
what is left,
but sheer lunacy
and unbridled devotion
to chaos and disorder?
 
        tick
                tick
                        tick yet again
        tick
                tick
                        tick forever and ever
 
the lamentable ruin of man
is having time on his side
and nothing constructive to do with it

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URINAL

yowling porcelain
with no self-esteem
the world pisses
down your throat
and you're compelled
to accept it
like those
subdued
by watersport fetishes
        only Marcel Duchamp
saw fit
to expose your dignified side
        kind of hard,
however,
to relish in it
with flogging cocks
and hairy testicles
routinely
waggling in your face
        on occasion
you get your dander up
and spit back
across
the offender's slacks
hie and ha ha!
good for you…
        revenge is yours,
though you still
look rather silly
with your pubic beard
        no matter
unlike the rest of us
you can simply
flush
your troubles
away…