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I Need a Virus to Slow Down

The Pacific Coast Highway & Main Street in Cambria are both never- ending sources of inspiration.

I Need A Virus To Slow Down
 -Inspired by the flowers smack-dab in the middle of Main Street-

To make a road safer

You don’t –
Widen
Install
Repave
Repaint.

You fuck up the road!

With –
Potholes
Rocks
Planter boxes
Grazing deer.

These obstacles
slow a vehicle
down to a safe crawl.

When a relationship
moves too fast,

Sometimes I need
a snotty nose
to slow down
the Lovin’.

A good virus
to produce
Some chunky phlegm
To dribble down the lip.

Something a
condom can’t protect against.

Something to press down upon
the horny brakes.

A pause to make me ask,
“Am I really in love?”

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A Bridge Street Stroll performed and written by Aram Harijan

My February night self
Lit a cigarette
stared into the darkness of the sky
seeing nothing except light
uh… and also love.

Oh, Mother, Father!
By the infinite wisdom of your soul
have you brought
kindly life breath
narcoleptic puff.

Oh, Saroyan!
Did you cry for me
or was I hearing coincident
grandfather mustache laughter
childhood escapades?

Ah, Mystery…
Free young how innocently curious the soul
Beat suspending consciousness
Light beneath the Big Shadow
Why am I here?

Aram Harijan, writer in resident at Bridge Street Inn. Check out his poetry and essays at http://harijan.wordpress.com/

Disclaimer: The cigarette used in this art video is strictly a prop. The Bridge Street Inn is a smoke free facility.