“Fools are those who trade their madness for the privilege to fit in.”

 

Written by Bogdan Dragos

 

don’t trade the madness

 

“You need help,” they

told him. “Get some therapy, some

counseling, something. Reach out, man,

you need help.”

 

He would raise his

glass at

such advice and say, “Oh, hell yeah, I

need all the help I can

get. Thanks.” But he

would never actually reach for it

 

He’d reach for the

closest bottle

and pour himself another drink

 

and maybe reach

for some leg

or breast or ass

 

By this time the ladies knew he

wasn’t a bum, even though

he looked like one

with his ragged, soiled green suit

and his worn out shoes

his cobweb-like greasy hair

and the unkempt beard that looked

like he was chewing on

a dead, rotting octopus

 

He was loaded

with cash

despite all that

 

And the explanation was simple

 

He was

a poet

 

He laughed at all those well-meaning

advisers and their

concerns

 

He would return to his home

in the slums

and wrestle with a door that wouldn’t

open because of the mounts of

empty bottles from

the other side

 

and would enter through the window

once more

 

fall on his face

 

start bleeding

from his nose and lips

 

Stand

and look at the redness pooling on

the dirty floor beneath

and start laughing

 

“Haahaaaah! Advising me to seek

help. What garbage. Calling me

a fool.

Fools are those who trade their madness

for the privilege to fit in.

Fuck those people! I’m gonna write

a poem with the

used tampon my new girl gave me.”

 

He went to his

desk

searching his pockets

 

Text © Bogdan Dragos

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