Monday, August 13, 2012

The Evolution Of Genius

The genius who treated us like shit
Stood ringing the triangle he wore around his neck in order to call himself to dinner.

A lackey brought a wheelbarrow containing the genius's ego.
Here is a riddle:
Why is it that, the more he ate of it, the bigger it got?

He was then taken to the local hospital, where demon doctors surgically attached extra thumbs,
Leaving him even more exalted
And superior to us vacant, slouching apes.
Wearing leather collars, we performed tricks which were never good enough.
We were given no days off.
We limped, stupid and miserable, in his shadow.

The asshole genius sat crunching the bones of his lessers,
An eccentric habit the authorities ignored because, hello, he's a genius,
And we are apes,
If kind apes,
Capable of love, and labor, and suffering.

The fuckface genius is always correct, and we accept that in our dim way,
As we accept his right to go strutting among the gods themselves
While we fumble and fart and fail.

The genius who treated us like shit had the world by the short ones,
Endorsed and indulged because of his brilliance,
Celebrated and hip-deep in sweet entitlement until it all went tits up one Tuesday in September.

A bearded single dude, homeless, probably a fag,
Climbed down off a tree and poked the dipshit genius in the chest and said,
"What you do to the least of these, you do to me.
Titles and talent aren't a ticket to treat anybody badly."

Since he joined the monastery, nobody has talked to the genius,
But we hear he has a funny haircut and
Washes feet and
Lives in a little stone cell like a zoo monkey.
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for Flipside's word list #6: leather, triangle, thumbs, monastery, genius, eccentric, demons, correct, vacant, crunching, strutting, hospital, slouch, surgically, limped.

14 comments:

hedgewitch said...

I love this. Even the jesus part. Also, this inclines me to the belief that we need more monasteries and fewer zoos.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh my goodness. What you can do with words!!!! Loved it. Especially the wheelbarrow of ego!!

HermanTurnip said...

Wow! Is there a backstory to this poem?

awakenedwords said...

That is usually all it takes, just one to poke 'em in the chest and say 'enough'.

quite a tale.

flipside records said...

And that's exactly what spiritual change is supposed to be. An extreme shift from arrogant bully to servant/prisoner of sorts ... denying self and taking up the cross, putting on the mind of Christ. This reminds me of Saul/Paul and the complete change he experienced. Paul's letters are the best parts of the Bible, in my opinion.

These are my favorite parts of your poem:

"Why is it that, the more he ate of it, the bigger it got?"

"crunching the bones of his lessers"

"An eccentric habit the authorities ignored because, hello, he's a genius" ... This is awesome; my absolute favorite part.

"As we accept his right to go strutting among the gods themselves
While we fumble and fart and fail."

"Endorsed and indulged because of his brilliance,
Celebrated and hip-deep in sweet entitlement until it all went tits up one Tuesday in September." ... This is my other absolute favorite part. ;)

"Titles and talent aren't a ticket to treat anybody badly." ... Love the alliteration as well as the wisdom in this.

Great ending:
"But we hear he has a funny haircut and
Washes feet and
Lives in a little stone cell like a zoo monkey"

I like "Flipside Flotsam." :)

flipside records said...

That sock monkey is precious. :)

Mama Zen said...

"A bearded single dude, homeless, probably a fag,
Climbed down off a tree and poked the dipshit genius in the chest and said,
"What you do to the least of these, you do to me."

Could you be more brilliant?

myheartslovesongs.com said...

HA! i love "The fuckface genius" and that you left him in "a little stone cell like a zoo monkey."

brilliant work with the prompts!

{{{whining... how come SHE gets so much talent? it's just not fair!}}}

nene said...

In my head, this provides me with an appreciation of the 'farce' of politics and our system of elected 'leaders'.

Welcome oligarchy (sarcastically said and sad)

Gracias mi amiga, brilliant as always.

Lynn said...

I like that you have a sock monkey to illustrate. :)

Sioux said...

I agree. I whine too. How come youse got all the talent and we's got little to none?

Life just ain't fair...

Daryl said...

hedgewitch said it perfectly .. and have you seen Crazy As A Loom's monkeys?

Far Beyond The Ridge said...

Hmmm...still too languid, too sacharin. You need to rough it up, stop sugarcoating.
Ha! Dickinson this ain't!
But fucking brilliant it is. Your mind goes to places we only wish we could visit.
Your book i would buy, fb
And i've never said that to any other blogger.
Rick

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Loved it - especially the Jesus part.

Take everything everyone said before me and double it, then dip it in your favorite flavor and that's how much I loved it. Mosk