04 Behemoth

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Recorded live at Passionate Tongues Poetry, Brunswick, March 2013.

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BEHEMOTH

I rule the world
I am ancient and weigh tones
I’m the size at which
I have no natural predators
moving slowly and heavy
in a world of pre-history
sharing in an age of great beasts
giants and monsters

we are not yet burdened
with a future of small creatures
this is our world undivided
no men
no continents trying to be islands
I am your dinosaur

Diplodocus, my bones
will sometime become artifact
'til then I exist on a scale far larger
than an hominid mind can hold

I’ll yet defy their classifications too
saying I was avian but reptilian
but something or other else

no, my blood is warm
I do not fly away
we don't even need to know
what is standing in my way
only how soon it is getting out of it

we Dinosaurs had small brains
I’ll tear down trees
destroy a whole fucking forest
just to have something to eat

Diplodocus
I produce over a tonne of shit each day
it's true I shit a tonne of shit everyday
for millions of years

when you rule the world
this is the manner
in which you conduct yourself
envy us long dead dinosaurs
you wish you could produce
that much shit

but I'm a behemoth with no regard
for what comes out of my arse
my feet stomp every step I take
I shake the ground around you
In fact I could make the Earth
for you without even trying

so come with me
I can shoe away your predators
with my tale
we can eat up all the forests
together stamp the ground
before us flat
before we fall
into tar pits to become…

a fossilized curiosity
incomplete skeletons closeted
in the ground for all time
but we will fire imaginations
for all time

they will marvel at us
small people filling their puny frames
with awe, envy and defeat
just imagining… our mountains of shit

we are the Diplodocus
a legacy left still yet left living
of the very-very large
too large in fact
for this small world
of people


to contain any longer.

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from Product, released September 1, 2013
Mixing by Jacky T.

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Randall Stephens Melbourne, Australia

Randall Stephens writes poetry about other poetry, cycling, sexuality, masculinity, dinosaurs and your boyfriend. People have called Randall controversial. Randall has called people losers.

Randall has toured extensively in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo.

Also competed in London and New York, but didn’t do very well so don’t tell him I mentioned that.
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