Hard Telling ~ Patchouli Room

Pamme Swan
Pamme Swan


Hard Telling

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Pamme Swan



    He’s got 10 Gallon Capacity tattooed on his gut

An more jokes than a line of comics in a Los Angeles night club

  He got a DEE WEE shuttling students from their dorm rooms to the bars

Now he works for the highway department smoothing out the tar




Its hard telling not knowing

    When you’re the last one to know where your going

           Don’t tamper with success 

     In a beautiful  mess 

Kick a horse when it’s down?

  Oh my god and goodness


   Good god No


Iris lost her husband and threw his cane over the hill

She sips cold instant coffee and rations out her pills

There’s dirty cat food dishes on the floor around her feet

And she talks about high fashion on a New York City street


It’s a twinkie on a wall street journal

 An out house with a marble urinal

A church pew in a airport term

Walmart in Mayberry RFD


They get up at the break of day and work for a bowl of  rice

In the sweat shops for a few coins making American merchandise

They sleep in tiny cubicles and they all have the same alarm

And life is good cause here they are a long way from their farms



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