pistol shot rap

pistol shot rap
“Relationships have all been bad,
mine have been like Verlaine and Rimbaud’s”
from ‘You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go’ – Bob Dylan

rimbaud
a cool cat
hot-headed as
an ocean sun
burning poems
to breathe in
their touch of
opium watching
rails for the
slide of sun
cursing the
mother f brother
verlaine for
love neither
could handle
a pistol shot*
the best
it got.

10 may 2013
panmure

*reference to the the two poets’ famously tempestuous relationship which ended with verlaine firing two pistol shots at rimbaud, one striking his wrist.

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