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by Chase Glantz
02/09/10
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“I’ve got an extra spine for you to hang your coat on.” – Rachael McKibbons

I live an opulent lifestyle.
I got leather coat bed sheets
Got a king sized park bench
Got fireplaces that can only be fueled by riots
Alarm clock that rival police batons and late night sprinkler systems
Got works of art made from ink, needles and human flesh that are so vivid it’s like they are a part of me…
And that’s what good art is, right? A part of you?

As an artist:
My preferred medium is profanity
My payment is a smile or a cigarette
My currency is
painandbloodpainandbloodpainandblood.

I get free showers sprinkled throughout the week
Family gatherings happen whenever one of us can find something to eat
Got body guards with names like Lurch, Weasel, and Tiny
Got entire buffets that serve soup all… day… LONG!

Have family dinners are anytime there’s food
Family drama usually involves ambulances
“Family meetings” usually involve caskets, blunts, and many shots of Jack.

Got women lined up all around the block just to see me
Promising me “A good time for the right price.”
And I say, “You hungry?” and give them my restaurant leftovers before innuendo
Think deluxe entertainment is old school Nintendo
Make my life a living crescendo.

So don’t focus on my cologne
That happens to be “eau de B.O.”
and that parent-teacher meetings mean
they gotta be drunk enough to go,
and I know all the cops on a first name basis
and I know all the people who think the cops are racist
and I know I’m a little sick when it comes to mental health…

But you would be too, if you knew that you don’t have to be rich to have wealth.

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