graphic by Jeff Alu &Sonserae Leese  copyright 2000
No One Famous

No one famous would drink in this bar
alone or otherwise
but the doctor will treat you anyway
only politicians bother with faces
and salesmen

How many faces must we know?
A hummingbird has too small a skull
to wonder about flowers it cannot taste

As for me machines and their many parts
speak of factories suppliers
unions bosses rhymes in cold steel
of manufacture fame shouted
in a way the wind does not

Stars crowd the heavens in exact proportion
to our field of view
more dying than being born

I hear words in the bottle
without crying
I smile forgetting your name

Copyright 2000  Martin Hickel


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