Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Your Secret Uncle Otto

Next time you feel the urge to get up out of bed,
turn on the light, and sing, go ahead and do the thing.
Behind you, find your secret Uncle Otto, impresario! –
hungry for the chance! – song-and-dance-man
invoked to stoke you up
to boogie down: the clown who cannot wait

to set you prancing through the gate:
feel him imploring in back of you,
to crack it open, crank it up –
kick your doubt and wail it out,
whack it – with a wide vibrato.
Do it till you’re blotto.

Say good night to Uncle Otto.


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