0h wealth can you be hymned in
I have none – no wealth, no hymn.
No him no her, wealth interred.
Give me pocket samples of your P bombs
oh wealthy oil-destruction magnates.
Isnt the P Bomb succeeding the Cobalt.
All the combined black bags of
& nautical scientists
oil drudgers &
All the combined excreta of Amer-Eurasian multiblllionaires
in one black bag
descends over our heads
drops down on all the ministers of the Lord
asking for wealthy tithing,
Oh excreta of the myth monsters
robbing us of our dreams.
We poor people ask
for our considered decency again
Christian money-makers' outhouse the church of their dreams.
I sing the hymn to wealth —
I love you for the art work you gave to museums.
I love you for museums.
But I sing no hymn to you for the personal deprivation
Of my daily life.
And I refuse you my dead body over which you will descend
like vultures of critics, English & art departments
over the dead carcases of poets & artists.
Hymn to no hymn. Merry Christless Christmas
Hymn to no wealth. We
are happy here on earth with our sprouts & poverty
as well as we can be.
Hymn to ourselves alive in the struggle of loving, without jet trips or
flights to the Moon or Mars or Mataztlan.
Hymn to the center of the dollar, the hole.
All holes are holy
& see clear light.
larry goodell / placitas, new mexico / 15Dec77
from Sun In The Mountain, poems 1977.
Hymn To Wealth, 1st writing on 3 by 5 card and napkin, then typed poem with sketch for performance . . . 15 Dec 1977 . . . forgot to do it at performance with Coyote Dance Collective in Santa Fe's Center for Performing Arts so the hanging stuffed garbage bag "headdress" simply hung there on stage, unused . . . (just a memory). The 1st writing almost always takes precedence in my way of working, so I'll probably revert "Mataztlan" to "Juarez."
My dad came over from the N.M. State Legislature to hear my reading, probably the only time he ever heard me do my poetry. His comment was, "You certainly gave the establishment hell!" Love to all, Larry Goodell / Placitas, New Mexico