Dear Dirty America


Like Animals

Like Animals
May 22
05:19 2014


(originally posted at 100 Peculiarly Useful So-Called Poems)

There are people who live like mice & rabbits
spending most of their time
arranging & sleeping in burrows
hidden away from the surface’s dangers—
I’m a lot like that, myself.

And there are people who live like ranging predators
sharks, lions, tigers, eagles, hawks, snakes
competing with one another & exerting all their energy
no savings accounts, investments, pensions
eat someone or die—
& I’m a lot like them, too.

There are people, too, like domesticated animals—
whether ruling hogs, chickens, dog-sled team leaders
or those they lord over in yards, barns, pens, harnesses—
& I’ve been trained to live among others—
dominant & dominated—too.



Anthem for Humanity


We get used to



Eric Chaet, born Chicago, 1945, South Side, beaten, denigrated, sinking, swimming—servant of a refractory nation and species, sweating laborer in factories and warehouses, wearing jacket and tie in offices and classrooms—”so-called poems” published and posted around the world, sporadically, for decades—author of People I Met Hitchhiking On USA Highways (read a review) and How To Change the World Forever For Better—perpetual polymath student, synthesizer of specialists’ insights and methods, solo consultant regarding space exploration and accidents involving obsolete industrial machinery—album of songs Solid and Sound—hitchhiked back and forth between the Pacific and Atlantic, sleeping out for years and subsisting on water and sunflower seeds, stapling a series of 1500 posters he made to utility poles, inciting whoever saw them to seize the responsibility for their own lives—governing without coalition or means of or inclination to coerce or confiscate, from below, approximately invisible.

[Picture: University of Michigan Global Change Program]

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