CONTINUOUS TOPLESS STRIPPERS
An eight-speaker sound system,
two continuous topless strippers,
Elvis Presley singing Early Morning Rain.
Everyone loves television.
And because the management doesn't want
to offend anyone's tastes by omitting
So important an element
in the desired sensory mix--
"The lowest common denominator
"Creates an art form," my friend Bob
mutters into his beer--
the five foot by seven foot color TV
Is seen on stage backing up the strippers,
the TV little more than a concentration
of bright flashing lights which,
On closer examination, turn out
to be the Six o'clock Evening News.
"Some damned half-deranged diplomat,
"Portfolio this, portfolio that,
is dithering about something or other somewhere
or other for no reason that neither you nor I
"Nor anyone else has any idea." My friend
orders another, and I order another.
The announcer, meanwhile, is selling hangover
Or headache pills and the difficulty we all have
on occasion of falling asleep or eliminating
properly or what happens when we drink too much
And that and everything else at last dissolves
the dancers achieving what appears, in fact, to be
a new breakthrough
In negotiations, winning
in the ovation that follows
Not only our freedom
but the release and freedom
of all hostages.
Causes Robert Sward Supports
Audubon Society, National Geographic, "Green," the Environment, SPCA...