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Sept. 2004
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***BIO*** J. D. Nelson lives, writes and wrangles in Colorado,USA.
His work has appeared in several publications, including 'remark,' 'Spent Meat,' 'EOTU E-zine,' and 'The Best of The Dream People Poets' chapbook.
J. D. has appeared as a guest on Dr. Andy's Poetry and Technology Hour.
Read more of J. D.'s Space-Cowboy Poetry: 
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Black Ghost Apple Man
by J. D. Nelson
if & when & do I believe
in trees or streams

ha! not now,
not since the wax
dripped from the sky
& scarred my eyes,

not since last February,
when my heart
was cut out
& left to freeze
in the snow --

not since my teeth
were auctioned off
to pay for beer,
for liquor.

I'm only half a being,
an insect
w/ a piece of coal
for a brain
& no soul to speak of.

trees & streams?
try something else --
I can't stay
in this hotel any more.

I breathe gasoline fumes
& write these words
on scraps of skin
I find in the trash bins
on the main road,
down by the gardens
where I once counted
16 ladybugs in one session.

I haven't been down that way
since my ears were returned.

one last note to the beasts:
I'm keeping the ropes
& you won't be able to find me
because I'm changing my name
to Black Ghost Apple Man.