John Runnels
state of the heart
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state of the heart

iam an american sex dreamer

gone mad. i only know what i love.

i don't remember being born

but i played very hard

naked in the rain

under the stars

& other blue moons of childhood.

i played with myself

up on the roof, in treehouses

& in wet fairy bowers.

i know dreams come true,

perhaps that would explain

why a grown man would be doing this.

i have lived in paris, mississippi,

rome, texas, & little havana.

i have held the most idiotic jobs

that you can imagine:

i was a picture framer in florence,

i was a pimp around jackson square

in new orleans: i was a snake farmer

deep in the everglades.

in new york city, i rented roller skates

to tourists in central park on sundays;

& for awhile, in the heart of saturday night

i was a rocking roll star

known as johnny majestic

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