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O my lovely wide-spread Body I am still examining still examining Your six billion openings. VIRTUAL REALITY Let's pretend Let's pretend Let's pretend Let's pretend to be perfect to be bad to be low life to be mad Let's rip off our clothing And pretend to be holy Let's dress up like cops And go out patrolling Let's pretend to be starving Let's pretend we are fed Let's pretend to be single Let's pretend we are wed Let's pretend to be prostitutes, porn stars Medieval Russian saints Let's pretend to be scientists, housewives People with horrible complaints Let's pretend we're telepathic And read each other's minds Let's pretend we're individuals And live like porcupines Let's pretend we are artists: Ann Rice or Jimmy Joyce Let's pretend to be what YOU want Live in the daydream of YOUR choice Pretend you're someone special And I am special too Prima donnas in a drama Or fairy tale for two With supporting cast of thousands Playing enemies and friends Who pretend to love and hate us In ways we don't intend Let's pretend we're evil devils With stinky old cracks Let's pretend we're good angels With wings on our backs Let's pretend we are gods That run this whole show And whatever we please Is the way it will go Let's play we are separate Let's play we are One Let's play we are dying Pretending is fun Let's pretend we are suffering From a wound that won't heal Let's forget we're pretending Let's pretend it's all real.

Bodies sticky with juices We assist in this miracle Changing Big Sur air and sun Into the taste of Chardonnay. STOLEN DOPE (for Craig) Stand up for dee Wisdom Weed Dee Rastaman's vote Stay way from dee loser Dat smoke stolen dope. Stolen dope Weaken dee muscle Stolen dope Make you tame Stolen dope Eat out dee brain stem Stolen dope Make you lame Stolen dope Make nobody like you Stolen dope Kill yer luck Stolen dope Dry up dee testicle Stolen dope Fuck you up Stolen dope Make you dumb, sick and ugly Stolen dope Turn off dee babes Stolen dope Help dee Man win his Drug War Stolen dope Give you AIDS.

Is pot really so bad for you and for me That we hafta call out the bloody marines Our back yards to assault, our assets to seize In prisons to lock us for "growin' o' the green"? I sing the spirit inside the seed I praise the gorgeous Goddess weed Poems are made by fools like me—and Dylan Thomas But only God's the force that thru the green fuse drives cannabis. AYAHUASCA CIRCLE Wearing human bodies woven, so science says, out of knotted yarns called protein This is what we do to seek vision The desire not to look The desire to fall asleep is very strong.

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