A Flight of Ideas: Johnny

Johnny is soft around the middle but that doesn’t bother Pattie.

She nibbles some bits and waits for him to finish his show.

Pattie scrolls through the news:

“Today in an action reminiscent of the worst excesses of the
1960’s a feminist icon burst into flames!”

“Oh me, oh my,” Patti sighs, “I’m so nuts and so obnoxious!”

Johnny weeps with Miss America as Ms. Arkansas is crowned.

Ms. Congeniality stalks across the stage to snatch her check
from the emcee.

“I will use my beauty to feed the World!”  Ms. Arkansas sobs.

The crowd goes wild with sincerity.

(c) Rob Goldstein 1989-2017 Image 2017 All Rights Reserved

A Flight of Ideas: Secret Obscenities

My life ended and sent me into crisis.

An arm around my shoulder, a doctor gives counsel:

He says, if I take my pills, I will forget my grief, I will be happy.

He says, the Lord is in my heart, if I search it, I’ll find him, he’ll
save me.

He says, if I climb the right steps, I’ll be normal, if I talk about it:
this grief I can’t mention.

My lies are those of one who doesn’t trust, and so I fear
that unless the lying stops, I will —

Become the prank who attends his own funeral, mingling
with the mourners, and whispering secret obscenities.

(c)text Rob Goldstein 1984, image Rob Goldstein 2017

A Flight of Ideas: The Food Chain

I am somewhere on the food chain, not high, not low.

I can eat until eaten or watch reruns of Green Acres.

Eva Gabor was more popular than Zsa Zsa but Eva
was never the Queen from Outer Space!

Money does not change poverty when wealth wins out.

Signifiers of class: the rich can choose to skip a bath.

Having a choice is class.

If you must wear a gown, you’re trash.

Eva Gabor as Lisa Douglas on Green Acres
Meme from GIPHY

(c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved

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A Flight of Ideas: David and Louise

David weighs 300 pounds but thinks he’s a skinny woman
named Louise.

David draws Louise on his belly with lipstick so everyone else
will see her.

David’s face squirms on his skull like a snake shedding its skin.

It’s a side effect of his meds.

Louise is a sage young woman with wise advice.

Louise thinks I should forget about Nurse Judy and fuck a
slab of liver.

One day Louise said she was pissed about her face and hated
the man that owns it.

I said I’d ask for more cogentin but Louise wanted David to ask.

I decided to slice David’s face so Louise could get some rest.

I told Judy about it in the dining room and realized I was trapped
in the movie, Possessed.

If this is hard to understand try being me.

I am also a face; an amorphous face that doesn’t exist.

You are here because you want to be here:

SO WHY BLAME ME FOR WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND?

Perhaps I’m a homeless old man raving in the back
of a crowded city bus.

But you’ve paid to see this so why are you complaining?

And if you’re not complaining, why not?

Digital painting of a face iin shadows, based on a VR photo of an avatar
I am also a face; an amorphous face that doesn’t exist

(c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved.

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