Modern Day Genius

Modern Day Genius

i've been looking
for some modern day geniuses
to give me some guidance

i've been looking
at the recent geniuses
but so many
seem to fade
into nothing
or transform
into darlings
dangling
like the soft
star
flower
butterfly
and bear
from the mobile
over pop culture's
crib

who
gives a shit
about anything
bob dylan
says
anymore?

who 
gave a shit
about anything
alan ginsberg
said
after
he howled?

who
gave a shit
about gore vidal
in the last decades
before
he died?

who
gives a shit
about ken kesey
after 
the cuckoo's nest?

who
gives a shit
except
for the celebrity
about hunter s. thompson
after 
he left vegas
or william boroughs
except for the celebrity
after
he had
his lunch?

who 
gives a shit
about vincent gallo
after
buffalo 66?

whatever they had
where'd it all go?

who gives a shit
about the long toothed
songwriters
with their penetrations
into our hearts 
and souls?

who gives a shit
after 
a crushing divorce
stifles
any new songs
or the booze
that monotones
those emotions
a weariness
for feeling the world
in its fullness
replaced
with tarot cards
astrological charts
veganism
animal rights
real estate speculation
authoritarianism
or buddhism
or islam?

how
to have faith
in anything
henry miller
wrote
when he was so gullible
to the bullshit
of so many
new age
charlatans?

who
gives a shit
about jordan peterson
knowing
his rules
no matter the number
will never
be enough
for saving our lives
but there'll always
be more rules
of even dozens
for selling
more books?

who gives a fuck
about
the novelties
of mondrien
oldenburg
beuys
after the fashions
of their times
fade?

maybe
it's why 
it's best
to die
before running empty
on creative
or cultural
steam
or both

these geniuses
turned playthings
of the culture
pawed at
toyed with
until a wheel
or a leg
falls off
then relegated
to the bottom
of the toybox
or
the trashcan

i've been searching
for a modern day genius
to give me some guidance
so i googled
"modern day geniuses"
and
at the top 
of the alphabetical list
of living geniuses
was the artist
bansky

i'd heard the name
but knew
nothing about him
so i had
to go deeper
into the algorithm
for enlightenment

i realize now
not knowing
much at all
about modern day geniuses
such as bansky
makes it absurd
the height of hubris
that i'd be tossing out names
like dylan
h. miller
ginsberg
and the rest
so i've decided
to humbly
bow out
of thinking about shit
i obviously
know nothing
about

i'm bowing
the fuck out
cause
in addition to bansky
on the list of geniuses
was oprah winfrey
conan o'brien
a rapper
a fashion journalist
wayne gretsky
jackie chan
and many more geniuses
i know zero 
or way too little
about

i'm humbly
bowing out
being 
obviously
too fucking dumb
to recognize
genius

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