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January 2010

Installation by Skip Banks, calendar by Staples, idea ©Jimmy Warner Design


TWIST IN THE WIND TWO THOUSAND NINE
 

Financial decline, chilly winds from rumors of doom &
Waste-of-men wars, cool as a prosthetic handshake,
Lake effect wind and lake of fire results, await our fate. 
Maniacal marketing of of U.S. factory-job staples, big
Ticket items that still make the world worse off, stand
By to choke us, barf and gag us, ala cough-a-cabana.
Spiral arms in the perfect storm hasten the Maya date,
Latch on to everything we've got and crash the gate
Of the normal world we're attached to. Twist our way.
One design bodes clear, to get rid of people, panels
And channels of death, meds and vitamins cut off,
Or FEMA camps come to pass, RUN, save our asses.

Walls of banking and Wall St. billboard handwriting,
Tall building collapse, and disasters of the day on TV, 
All come to a space-time fabric near you,     ...DUCK!
Call me a prophet! I haven't made one dime, nor do I
Get paid to think like this. Cars spinning their wheels,
Oil smudging the earth, the big idea is too big to die.
They say, "to reverse our demise, re-engineer a waste
Of a world, depends on water flow, wall socket, and
Packages from too far to go, ...public works calling in.
Don't look up, something over our heads might sway
again, come down upon our heads, again and again...
but just short of absurd, we can save care in a word,

So, there's no dental if you're mental, no rave if you
Carry on, jive, jump, cheer or jeer, verbal skill, WINS. 
 

 

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