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the thirteenth passion

what am i holding out for
molecular precision or intellectual completion
either way
it's a slippery campaign
too proud to advertise
too shy for mass pipeline
& decomposed vocabulary
offers little encouragement
more spine-tingling evasiveness
than imploding ennui
lone do-wop sounds more
like quasi-religious chanting
than greasy love call
soul dialectics for the bump & grind vanity set

this not my groove thang
shaking toward eventuality
nor conqured flaw set before inquisition
as proof of straight & narrow
nor happy medium
& all it's ugly connotations
if i whisper i'm pegged enigmatic kook
if i shout
drooling lunatic on the prowl
ransacking status quo
phraseology for the disenchanted
instead of simple cathartic bop

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