Day 8 #NaPoWriMo

Our prompt for the day (optional as always) asks you to peruse the work of one or more of these twitter bots, and use a line or two, or a phrase or even a word that stands out to you, as the seed for your own poem. Need an example? Well, there’s actually quite a respectable lineage of poems that start with a line by another poet, such as this poem by Robert Duncan, or this one by Lisa Robertson.

“Let’s admit, without apology, what we do to each other.
We know who our enemies are. We know.” Robert Siken @sikenpoems

Monkey trainer

8 April 20 0745

In the days of devil rum and weed

We kept it business,

As business as dealing with addicts can be

They thought inviting us in on the party was a friendly gesture,

We take cash upfront

No refunds,

We dont verify the strength

And this ain’t weekend free samples at the grocery store

There is no membership discount card

And the complaint department

Is in the basement

Inside of a disused lavoratory

With a sign on the door

That says beware the leopard

We are all aware of who and what we are

We know who our enemies are. We know

It’s the snitch trying to get time off

It’s the wanna be thug who thinks their size scares me

It’s the ones who think we are afraid of being outnumbered

When you deal for business

And not to support your habit

You’ve already thought these situations through

Let’s admit what we are to each other, let’s admit what we do

We are not your friends

We do not like you

If you had no cash

Or access to those with cash

We wouldn’t waste

Our piss to out out the fire

In your dead eyes

This is business, and I’ve wasted too much time talking to you


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