los angeles – #2


the belly of the valley
is filled with acrid smoke
the night swirls up like a vampire’s cloak
over a county gone dry
and a city stone broke,
where shaky confederates
and the children choke
and the Agapamone and
their demented kinfolk,
who crawled to the hills
and as dark fell, awoke,
descend like crazed angels
intent to invoke
upon a city so dazzled
by razorblades and moonbeams,
that shudders each time
a spokesperson blasphemes
by mentioning thoughts
not approved by the mainstream
or by praising the enemy or
by doubting the regime,
the pricking of the germ
that runs hot in our bloodstreams –
a fear, that shakes
the foundations and crossbeams
of the windowless churches
that now bear our dreams –
and we don’t handle fear very well.

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26 thoughts on “los angeles – #2

  1. That’s terrifying, Seb. It seems such a glamorous city, from a distance. I plan to keep that distance now.

  2. hans kreher on said:

    Now here’s food for thought, man there’sgotta be more?

    “windowless churches
    that now bear our dreams”

    for me a declining curve here, (unless greater precision)
    The rest, no argument at all.

    paste it on every telephone pole in the city, the way they put up French flag right here, all paid for by federal grants..

  3. olivesmeltz on said:

    Oh my, this is just straight out scary, like the ghost of Charles Manson revisiting the city.

  4. bashothegreat on said:

    Oh wow. This peers into the darkness and does not flinch at what stares back.

  5. That’s it, to a T.

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  7. And that’s just why the wast coast sucks, sir. You have been in quite the apocalyptic mood, lately.

  8. WEST coast, of course.

  9. It’s the city of dreams, baby – and you dream is as humid and lurid and claustrophobic as any this nation dreams right now.

  10. Sounds like my kind of town!

  11. go1flo on said:

    very line is brilliant and twisted – the poetry flows through your words like an expressway through that dark and benighted city,

  12. hellznokel on said:

    A deep gouge into the American psyche

  13. penniezzfromhellzz on said:

    A dark meditation on that which lays beneath the glamour of the city.

  14. littlewhitepagan on said:

    Don’t you be dissing my hometown, now!

  15. Been a while, Seb. This hovers very menacingly. Very dark, indeed.

  16. darkeyesblueveil on said:

    Very tense, very fraught Seb. I can really feel it closing in.

  17. lindastoria on said:

    of course, as a New Yorker, I find this wise and insightful – but please, don’t ever prick my illusions about my hometown!

  18. isiscambassassassassian on said:

    This taps into a very primordial American fear – we don’t handle that which is very much different form our notion of “us” very well at all, do we?

  19. hellznokel on said:

    The montage is a great addition!

  20. Again, out great terrors swarm up into us in seeing this.

  21. NotResonsibleAmy on said:

    The dark side of the city of lights. the devil behind the city of angels.

  22. Deeply troubled, like the fever of a dream.

  23. missdirected11 on said:

    I love that city and I fear it.

  24. electricaunty on said:

    A great vision of the terrible nothingness…

  25. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have the opportunity of reading some great poetry here…
    We’ve had an incredibly hot summer in India too – and now there is the drought!
    Nature getting its back? I will be visiting again…

  26. most people don’t handle fear very well i think… enjoying your LA poems

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