The Last Dance by Jeff Bagato

Kiss pretty my darling, for while
Christmas falls into embers we
shriek enjoying last crystal traction
mass, candle visions of forgotten
made that collect call?
Who mispelled his own name?
Who gave fire to children, rained
hard shadows of the last dinner
before you grow into briefcase,
kissing kiss kiss like walking
from treetop road with no shoes, your glass
plate enema bag waiting forever,
patiently oozing its fragrant oil like gravy
on the tongue bites office clerk hot;
the orgy butter in you spits out
sad rectum and here comes enema,
the totem and the taboo, the mama and the
papa and the three little pigs; big
brother is watching you and your
choice of channel—go for it, daddy!
go for the knob, turning in your
sleep like embryo walks the plank
and dreams of mommy spilling endless
milk for fat baby whispers, turning
wrist until carpal tunnel lies
spill over necktie like milk vomit
clots the pores, like half-caste answers
and details the day, turning knob
like whiskey spills for the priest getting one
from his cigarette like the last holy nipple
of Mary, turning,
wrenching, twisting, jacking
off the knob in your hand,
too useless to come in the face
of conformity, twisting, leaving
relativity, joining the people,
kissing pretty my darling as Christmas
falls twisting into embers of joy

Jeff Bagato 2

A multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, Jeff Bagato produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music, glitch video, sticker art, and pop surrealism paintings. Some of his poetry has appeared in Empty Mirror, Futures Trading, In Between Hangovers, Otoliths, Your One Phone Call, and Zoomoozophone Review. His published books include Savage Magic (poetry), Cthulhu Limericks (poetry), The Toothpick Fairy (fiction), and Dishwasher on Mars (fiction). A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at

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