FOR JIM WHO MOVED TO LOS ANGELES by J.R. Brady

Poet man…lost and found in a city of angles…didn’t anyone ever tell
you…to get to La Cienega and Sunset you need good freeway
directions and at least…three sets of wings?

It’s strictly a seraphim town…and if the cherubim forget their
diapers and arrows…they never make it to central casting.

And if you don’t have a car you are left flat…on streets stretching from
Santa Monica to Pasadena…waiting for buses that run once every three hours.

And no matter how long you wait…think twice before you get on one…
unless you know who is driving…otherwise you might wind up some place unimaginable.

Just ask the Black Dahlia. She’ll tell you…if you can find her head.

It is all who you know…or say you know…and you did say you were
going to shot those videos and make those recordings…but something
went wrong and word was you were almost homeless…and then you
vanished…and we thought you were dead on a morgue table with a
tag on your toe saying… ”Poet…DNA determined…name unknown.”

And then there you were again…found by that friend on a book tour…
.internet moment. Picture posted in a room sitting cross-legged on an
unmade bed chanting, “monkeys and sparrows…caught in the wind…
nothing to loose…nothing to win…this is not a mask”

Form is tighter…more focused…but the vision has shifted. It’s clear
you’re not in love with that girl from Chicago anymore…and sanity is
a daily determination… but still…you do see horizons to wander into…
if you squint.

And I do have some advice…because…you see…I was born down
there in Angel Land…so I do happen to know a few things about it.

First of all…about that wing thing…you’ll never fly if you don’t try.
It is all a matter of place…they say…at the right time.

Just remember…ultimately…all angels descend…so forget Icarus
and think Pegasus. (As Roy Rogers used to say… ”horse sense
is the best sense.”)

And…if you do make a crossroads bargain…insist on…at least…
seven figures.

And if you ever do happen to move to Topanga…
like you say you want to…be sure to keep your cats locked inside
at night…otherwise…coyotes will eat them.

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