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Bird Flu - a poem of sorts

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by Joe Ambrose, Literary Editor for outsideleft.com
originally published: June, 2005
Bird Flu - a Poem of sorts

BIRD FLU

Please be fair and please don't stare.
And don't be square. There's hair down there.

I had to go for Burroughs, Beckett or Beuys.
Given half a choice, I'd go for Joyce.

The old man walks like a faggot walks.
He still talks the talk but he can't walk the walk.

I'm the man in black until things get brighter.
Bring me the head of a singer-songwriter

Too many people, too many chickens.
Asian flu. The world sickens.

I'm going with a gal with grey hair.
People stop and stare but I don't really care..

Too many people, too many chickens.
Asian flu. Don't know what to do.

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Joe Ambrose
Literary Editor

Joe Ambrose has written 14 books, including Chelsea Hotel Manhattan and The Fenian Reader. Joe is currently working on his next book, Look at Us Now - The Life and Death of Muammar Ghadaffi, which is an expanded version of a story first published in the anthology CUT UP! Visit Joe's website for all the latest info: JoeAmbrose.co.uk.

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