14 Not With You At You

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Featuring Steve Smart. with Grace Brosnan and Alex Scott

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NOT WITH YOU AT YOU


Laugh
latching on to that laughter
like it’s a life raft
and you can get out that water you were in
laughing at those sharks
who were trying to bite you in half

and if you capsize
you can laugh yourself back the right side up
laugh as if there really is enough left
in that half-empty cup
laugh at the half-empty everywhere
drinking it up!

laugh like the error-mongers with ledgers
are sitting right there on your window ledge
vampires sucking up your follies
and ignoring theirs

laugh like you’re on the gas
having a gas
you’re a laughing ass
loving every minute of it
but now unable to stop it

laugh at the milk gone funny in your fridge
and laugh at your own shakes
your loneliness-baked brain
and all your cans of baked beans
which means …ahahahahahahaha!

laugh irrationally at that rash
an itch you let get way too scratched
laugh at that long time since that phone last rang
laugh at the cold comforts from the coffee cup
laugh at funny looks you get
laugh nervous covering nervous laughter
man you’re a disaster!
not waiting to happen

laugh at the pains lining your face
laugh in laughter’s place
standing in due to sickness
laugh your life, your love
at losses
laugh it off- that you’re a loser
laugh as it all comes undone
and come on down

laugh
like that’s a virtue
or I will hurt you
and then laugh ‘til it hurts you

yeah laugh
keep laughing

I said laugh, fucker, laugh!

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from Product, released September 1, 2013
Featuring Steve Smart

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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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