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Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Friday, May 31, 2019

Celebrating Walt Whitman on his 200th Birthday

Collage by Christopher Luna

To Whitman the song of the boys
sounds like a strawberry oboe

            hot boys play at the feet of the old bard
            grass poking their toes as they dance
                        and when they lie in it
            unburdened of their uniforms
            blades tickle their burgeoning testicles
           
            as the old man
            watches from the porch
                        smiling

            all that is unsettling
            all that is forbidden
            all that liberates instantaneously
            all that brings joy
            or unlocks weary/battered minds                   
            all that I seek to veil/hide
            all that pleases or displeases
            all that incites or provokes
            all that invites further investigation
            all that whispers, caresses, kisses
            all that perplexes or encourages wishes
            all that is human in us – including both the
                        impulse to create and to destroy
            all that I fear
            all that I reject as a matter of principle
            I hereby embrace, forgive, and claim ownership of
            Of these things I sing
            It is these things that are holy

Christopher Luna 

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