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Wednesday, January 27, 2021


by Art Goodtimes

Illustration: Jonathon Rosen for Mother Jones, 2011.

One of the books Capt. Barefoot’s been reading
details how Freud’s entire legacy
constitutes a tissue of lies
Only 'tis you and yous who believe
who put the lie to lies, even
poorly disguised with political handstands
cheap shout-outs & calisthenic flash mobs
Truth is, truth can be torn
& so mangled it’s not just-us or justice
but tissue & nerve that compensate
for the loss of all muscle
Just one rip & a deep
unconditional dive into the bliss of belief
whether odi et amo, for, out of the fabric
to leap lizard bots & borgs
Aye, citizens. Let’s inaugurate our hills to climb
Unzip the science. Unmask the threats. Let’s be
born again believers in the freedom of choices—not so
much the answers, but the friends we make of the questions

Art Goodtimes was an Earth First! poetry editor before getting elected to five terms as a Green county commissioner in Southwestern Colorado, where U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Rifle) now represents the Third Congressional district in Congress. Art is co-director of Talking Gourds, a local and regional poetry program under the non-profit aegis of the Telluride Institute.