Five Days From Sober Bury Crucifix Copyright I Wish I Was Rambo
Bestseller The First of September The Carmex Death Song Newt's Wet Dream Smile
Lesson A Dream Lethargic Junior Republicans A Poem to Frown With
Interview Me, Too, Please Anarchist Nothing Means the World to Me The Brink of Forever Server Down
Humanity's Last Stand Mother's Day The Best Fucking Poem Ever Evil As You What It Was
Ladybug And on the First Day of Shopping ... Nostalgia Over Again SARS Hotel
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Five Days From Sober
Written by:  Alex Sandell
June 2nd, 2001

Five days from sober,
I wish I could feel like the rest of you.
Five days from sober,
Iím tired of soaking myself in this excuse.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít cutting the rainforests down.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít combining Church and State.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít telling us itís un-American to conserve.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít still touting the "benefits" of the WTO.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít selling monopolies at bargain basement prices.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít ignoring the homeless.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít denying the fact that Capital Punishment doesn't work.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít taking medical marijuana away from the sick.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít carrying on with this foolish drug war.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít letting multi-national corporations homogenize culture after culture.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít denying equal rights to homosexuals.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít using prisons to keep the blacks slaves.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít cutting taxes for the rich.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít lowering minimum wage for the poor.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít blaming all the violence on TV.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít still using "tree-hugger" and "bleeding-heart" as an insult.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít still claiming that socialized medicine is a bad thing.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít drilling in wildlife preserves.
Iíd take my last sip if they werenít killing the planet for your SUV.
I canít stay sober for ďfour more years.Ē
I canít stay sober through all this ďcompassion.Ē
I canít stay sober through all this ďunity.Ē
I canít stay sober when this ďreformerĒ gets his results.
I canít stay sober when they take the war into the sky.
I canít stay sober knowing that Chicken Little was right.
Five days from sober,
I donít think Iíll ever go back.
Five days from sober,
I know thereís nothing left.

©2001 Alex Sandell
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Bury
Written by:  Alex Sandell

We all believe in something more than what we have,
so we donít feel like weíve missed out on everything.
We all believe there is something more,
so we donít feel like thereís nothing at all. 

And it always centers inside of my ear.
And it hides within a grand-mal.
And it lives and breathes in the enemies I create.
And it manifests in my hate.

And it always centers inside of your crusade.
And it stares out from within your desperation.
And it lives and breathes inside of the person youíve went all out to formulate.
And it manifests in a fictional me, and you wonít let yourself escape.

Anywhere we can place the blame.
Anywhere we can bury the hurt.
Anyone we can point the finger at.
Anyone we can hide inside.

Anything, as long as we donít have to let it go.
Keep the fire burning by putting it out.
Keep the light on by removing the bulb.
Anything but having to face the everything
we havenít had the chance to fabricate.

©2000 Alex Sandell
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Crucifix
Written by:  Alex Sandell

Crucifix is stained with hate.
Crucifix is stained with lust.
Crucifix is stained with hypocrisy.
Crucifix is stained with televangelists.

Crucifix is on fire.
Church burns down.
Up in flames, God barbecued his choir.

How can we have faith?
How can we blindly follow?
Too many conflicted messages make the entire thing seem hollow.

Crucifix, Crucifix,
send all of my friends to Heaven.
Crucifix, Crucifix,
send all of my enemies to Hell.
Crucifix, Crucifix,
while youíre at it, could you send me a new DVD player, as well? 
One that works this time?

Church shooter guns down the congregation,
just when they were learning theyíd burn in hell
for acts of masturbation.  

Oh, so many of them in eternal fire.
I wonder if theyíve been joined by the charcoaled choir? 
Look through the ashes.
Look through the bullet holes . . . 
get a look at this -
the only thing left standing
is the battered crucifix!

©2000 Alex Sandell
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Copyright
Written by: Alex Sandell

Violate my copyright,
take your hand and lower my standards.
Life is a fucking fabrication,
manipulating forever.
There's nothing for us here,
outside of a musty coffin.
Take me into your womb
and let me live forever.
Heaven is a woman's stomach
and Hell is the outside.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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I Wish I Was Rambo
Written by: Alex Sandell

I don't want to go out anymore.
I just want to sit in my room and watch
paid commercials
about exercise machines and telephone psychics.
Stare vacantly at out of shape morons riding machines,
cheerily describing their flabby arms and oversized butt.
"I can really feel this machine working,"
they'll say and the corporation will sell a hundred more.
They claim they're in it for the cardiovascular workout
when they really just want to get laid.
"Firm your fanny in under three weeks,"
and the corporation will sell two hundred more.
The corporation will get fat off of the insecurities they sell. And I sit back in my hard plastic chair
and eat a bag of greasy potato chips, a candy bar for my dessert.
Then I scratch my balls and jot down another
1-800 number to call for more information
so maybe someday I'll get laid.
Then I set down the piece of paper and watch more mindless t.v.
By the next day I'll forget all about it.
One machine the corporation won't sell.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Bestseller
Written by: Alex Sandell

About once a month someone recommends a bestseller
for me to read.
"You'll really enjoy this one,"
they tell me as I head to my local grocery store.
I stop at the mass-marketed paper-back section
and pick up a mass-marketed book.
I put it in my cart with the rest of the junk-food.
I bring it home, turn the little lamp on above my bed,
and sit down to read.
I always get partially involved
until around the middle when I just lose interest
and become entirely bored.
"I could write something better than that,"
I always proclaim,
and then I never do.
Instead I pick up something other than that best-seller,
something that I can't purchase along with
my box of Captain Crunch.
Something a little more real.
Something darker, more vivid, satirical, surrealistic or sad.
Something I can read and reread,
always discovering something more.
Something filled up with all of the answers
and enough questions to keep you up for weeks.
Something you find on the back shelf
of the independent bookstore;
The one that's located in the bad part of town.
Something that you'd risk your life for.
I'll get back to that bestseller later.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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The First of September
Written by: Alex Sandell

The first of September,
I walk down to the park
where we used to go late at night to hold hands.
The place where we'd promise each other forever.
I sit down at the point I liked to think of as ours.
I reach over to put my hand into yours,
but only get a fistful of sand.
You would smile and tell me
"Whenever you need someone,
I'll always be there for you."
So where are you right now?
I'm alone,
except for some car-engine humming across the street
and a lone dog barking off in the distance.
The swings are perfectly still,
you no longer bring them your laughter.
The moon shines down on me,
it's no longer romantic.
And the stars aren't falling anymore.
The trees are beginning to lose their leaves
and their branches silhouette the night sky.
I lean back, close my eyes and try to imagine you're here with me.
Still offering me all of the dreams that I've never had,
and the solace that I've always desired.
Letting me feel that for once, this heart won't be broken.
Letting me lose myself in your smile.
I open my eyes, hoping to find you.
Hoping that, by some miracle, you come back.
As the car-engine keeps on humming
and the lone dog keeps on barking,
I think I finally found a spot as lonely as me.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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The Carmex Death Song
Written by: Alex Sandell

When I die,
it's gonna suck,
cuz Carmex won't get all warm and smooshy
when I keep it in my pants' pocket.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Newt's Wet Dream
Written By: Alex Sandell

They sell us a period of time,
as though it's a CD.
They make us believe
consumerism created our memories.
They make us believe the little people are nothing at all.
They convince us that the power rich
control every feeling we own.
The scariest dream that I've ever had
took place at the World's largest corporation.
Every citizen was forced into a suit and tie,
their hair cut and combed properly,
eyebrows plucked and nose hairs hidden away.
Nobody had a thought for themselves,
when they got off work
they all undressed and put on cowboy hats.
Conservative country shit-kicked out of their speakers,
as they square-danced to Rush Limbaugh's voice.
Thoughts were outlawed
and the national greeting was a patriotic "yee-haw!"
They replaced public t. v.
with government funded episodes
of virtual "Hee-Haw."
They burned down all the homeless shelters
and hid the history books.
They took the bubblegum down from every shelf
and replaced it with chewing tobacco and motivational messages from the NRA.
Nobody cared,
they just kept line-dancing and plucking nosehairs.
Then my alarm clock started ringing its bell
I think I woke up,
but why am I still trapped in this oppressive dream?

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Smile
Written By: Alex Sandell

Smile,
the camera's upon you.
Smile,
pretend the world is all yours.
Smile,
pretend that you're actually happy.
Smile,
pretend that you actually care.
Smile,
as though you don't know you're an image.
Smile,
we're all an act.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Lesson
Written By: Alex Sandell

Aging-flesh and pumping-blood is such a fucker.
I'm starting to hate every person that has ever laughed at another.
I try so hard not to hurt anyone.
Nothing I say can ever convince you,
that I really care.
I will swear that I won't ever hate you,
as you hang up the phone.
The suffering that you represent will not go away.
I wish I could leave you,
but that would leave me alone.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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A Dream
Written By: Alex Sandell

Life is but a dream,
until someone fucks with you.
Shoo-wamp,
life is but a dream sweetheart.

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Lethargic
Written by: Alex Sandell

I've got to peel myself off of this easy chair.
I've sat here so long that fungus is growing off of my back.

This isn't the easiest thing that I've ever done.
I've become trapped in fear of my own body.
My heart mocks me by skipping a beat.
My lower back laughs as my legs fall asleep.
Seizures wait in the back of my mind,
finding the perfect time to attack.
Migraines rip their way through my skin
and make a home in my head.
I've never felt this short of breath before.
I turn on the t. v., but there's still nothing on.
I try to read another book,
but it's not within reach of my easy chair.
I try to go back to college,
but my heart just skipped again.
I try to get a new job,
but my legs are still asleep.
I try to get a girlfriend,
but my dick is too small.
Is that my phone,
or is it on t. v.?
The cordless phone's not within reach of my easy chair.
I've wasted so many minutes,
so many days,
so many years.
I just watch them fly past,
without looking back.
I'd like to catch up with them,
but I swear,
I've never had chest-pain quite like this before.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Junior Republicans
Written By: Alex Sandell

Your 40,000 square-foot mansions and million dollar yachts
just can't raise a kid.
Smile! Your children are sociopaths.
You've gave them the world,
it's ironic that you forgot to offer a conscious.
Every weekend in an expensive motel
with a fancy whirlpool,
offers them nothing at all.
Little Mikey just got caught with a bag of cocaine,
two days after you gave him the credit card.
Try as you may, you just can't purchase love.
You sure as hell can't buy loyalty.
You're up all night praying that your teenage junkies makes it home alive,
they'll never empathize with your pain.
When the stress finally does you in
and your little piggies inherit all of your fortune.
They won't feel any remorse,
they'll just think of different ways to claim that they "earned it."
They want it all for themselves.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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A Poem to Frown With
Written by: Alex Sandell

Affirmative poetry is the most pointless thing on the Earth.
Writing about happy thoughts
is more of a curse than a gift.
All the smiling poets
and their cheerful delusions
aren't any more real than the all the girls that stand me up,

the guys that they date
or the tanning beds that get them laid.
They aren't any more genuine than the jocks playing ball on a Saturday night.
The followers,

the bigots,
the bullies,
and the spoiled rich actor and his pompous jokes.
They're just as trite as all the happy endings,
the smile you give as you say "cheeeeeese!"
The gaiety displayed at an employer's birthday party,
the card that you give him
or the pink champagne that keeps you gay.
Keep me away from all your affirmation.
Who the fuck wants to read about puppies and flowers and true love
anyway?

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Interview Me, Too, Please
Written by: Alex Sandell

I want to be a guest on Jay Leno,
David Letterman, Conan O' Brien
and Tom Snyder.
I'm tired of sitting in my room.
I want them to ask me lots of pre-planned questions,
I want to be a celebrity, too.
But what if nobody thinks I'm funny?
What if nobody laughs?
What if I walk off stage and everyone thinks I'm a moron?
What if it doesn't make everything right?
I don't think I want that.

I don't know if I can take it.

Still,
it might be better than sitting here
at twenty-four years old,
moping around and doing nothing.
Sitting in the basement watching Jay Leno,
David Letterman, Conan O' Brien

and Tom Snyder
on late night t.v.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Anarchist
Written by: Alex Sandell

I want to be a exhibitionist,
because to be an exhibitionist,
you must be egotistical enough,

to believe that you'll turn another human on.

I want to be a socialist,
because to be a socialist,
you must be selfless enough,
to believe that you don't deserve everything that you have.

I want to be an anarchist,

because to be an anarchist,
you must be crazy enough,
to believe that everyone deserves to be free.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Nothing Means the World To Me
Written by: Alex Sandell

I'm trying to reevaluate the life that I've had
and find a way to never go back to it.
I wish that I wasn't condemned to be the
same person that I was yesterday.

There's not enough time allotted within mortality
to go on with this casual, "do-nothing" life.
I've got to join the rat-race,
before I'm just a rat.
I've got to make myself someone,
before everyone sees me as nothing.

But I still believe that
a no one is the everyone,

that a loser is still the real winner.

I still believe in delusional dreams,
and a teenage sense of hope.

I still place all my faith into you.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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The Brink of Forever
Written by: Alex Sandell

I'll never forget that nursing home bed.
The way it trapped you, oppressed you
and made you so cold.
I'll never forget the person you were.
Your dry sense of humor, smile
and the way that you made me laugh.

I would have done anything to save you from death.
You were not happy standing there,
standing alone on the brink of forever.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Server Down
Written by: Alex Sandell

I can't believe I've been rejected by my computer.
Now even my life on the 'net is falling apart.
Cyber-space was my only escape,
I didn't need it to come up and attack me,

in the one place I felt entirely safe.
Reality seeps into my fantasy world

and tears it apart.

Imaginary worlds have now intermingled
with this desolate excuse for humanity,
and Virtual Reality has gotten too real
for my taste.

My flight of fancy has been grounded again,
and I'm stuck looking for another escape.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Humanity's Last Stand
Written by: Alex Sandell

If I could write the world’s most perfect poem,
I’d turn into the world’s most egocentric man.
If I could change the world with my words,
I’d be sure to make all new friends.
If I could show everyone how to share the wealth,
I’d hoard it for myself.
If I could tell everyone how to be fair,
I’d become the only hypocrite left.

Humanity can’t handle heroism.
It’s too weak,
too self-centered,
too ready to believe.

To believe in all the compliments the crackpots,
the starry-eyed and the complacent give it.
Forgetting, far too quickly, where it came from and
never able to get back again.

Humanity isn’t modest.
It’s desperate,
always searching,
looking for affection.

Humanity isn’t heroic,
it’s greedy,
and always looking for a way
to prove that it wants to "help."

Humanity is nothing and,
I can’t wait until the day
the cockroaches take over the World.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Mother's Day
Written by: Alex Sandell

My mom always thinks everyone has the stomach flu.
She’s as crazy as me, if not even worse.
She thinks the whole nation is twisted and sick.
She’s scared of her own shadow,
because it may carry germs.
I sit and my room and try to rationalize,
her thoughts and her feelings
and her misunderstandings.

She’s compassionate about heroic things,
and obsessed with nothing,
I don’t know what she’s talking about.

She’s got her foot in one door,
her mouth in another.
Obscene sentiment makes her upset.
Censorship makes her cower,
but her mind is somewhere pure.

My mom, she always carrys a bucket,
she needs something to throw up in.
She always feels she has the stomach flu.
She smile like a saint,
but she is obsessive compulsive.
I take thirteen aspirin a day,
I’m as bad as her.

She’s my idol.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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The Best Fucking Poem Ever
Written by: Alex Sandell

I can’t think of a topic,
I’m just putting the words on the page.
There’s no more in my mind.
Creativity has fallen to an all-time low.

Maybe tomorrow,
I’ll wake up and be better.
Then again,
maybe tomorrow,
I’ll wake up and be dead.
That would be pretty funny.

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Evil As You
Written by: Alex Sandell

She laughed as she lied and sputtered out half-truths,
anything to make herself look like a saint.
Never cared about the pain that she caused me,
the sense of loss,
as long as others thought she looked good.

Now, all I wish is that I never met her.
But since I have,
I just want to know all that she's done,
so I can prepare myself for the next time.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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What It Was
Written by: Alex Sandell

It’s the truth,
yet it’s hard to imagine.
I fell in love with an image and
was seduced by an act.

You've made my life a short, dreary interval
book ended by a cunt, a dick and a grave.
I thought you were more than that.
How could you lie with such an innocent smile?

I’ll never get over the sense of pride that you gave me.
I’ll never smile about what I’ve become.
I’ll never shake my head and say
"that’s the way that it goes."
I’ll never laugh and claim
"It’s all in the past."
I’ll only wrap myself into a ball in the corner
and wish that it wasn’t all the way that it was.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Ladybug
Written by: Alex Sandell

I see a ladybug crawling across one of my poems.
A poem filled with heartbreak and deception.
The ladybug doesn’t care.
Insects don’t give out sympathy,
they just keep crawling across people’s poems.

And I envy that bug.
I wish I didn’t have to feel like my poem.
I wish that I didn’t know about all the heartbreak and deception.
I envy that ladybug,
so I smash it.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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And on the First Day of Shopping . . .
Written by: Alex Sandell

Only in America,
could consumerism
be tradition.
The day after Thanksgiving,
we go out and buy.
And,
the day after Christmas,
we take everything back.
Consume with the family,
as an annual bonding item . . .
one day the whole damn thing
will blow up in our face.
Mother Nature will be left to
try and sort out the discarded products.
I wonder if the cockroaches
will turn out any better.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Nostalgia
Written by: Alex Sandell

Nothing you do,
will ever make me happy.
And, if I smile,
it won’t be genuine.
I’m just here,
living through the disaster.
And, if I laugh,
it will prove that I can act.

Nothing you say,
will ever bring me comfort.
No action,
will ever make me trust.
And, I know that if you kiss me,
it will only be an action.
And, I know that if you fuck me,
it will only be in lust.

I’m sitting here in neutral,
never going anywhere,
only dreaming of where I’ve been.
The nowhere of the past,
somehow becomes romantic.
I’ll just put the future on hold,
let seizures and nostalgia waste my time.

©1997 Alex Sandell

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Over Again
Written by: Alex Sandell

I’m depressed enough to be a poet again,
the grenade’s to my head, but will I pull the pin?
The person that I loved,
is the enemy in the end.
I won’t sit around the second time,
betrayed again by your lying mind.
This time,
it’s your turn,
your turn to know how it feels.
Staying up every night, having faith,
with a smile on my loving face,
telling you, you mean the world,
and meaning every word.
It’s time you understand,
why I hold this gun in my hand,
shaking in pain,
I won’t die in vein.
Looking through old photographs,
all the times that you laughed.
It always made me glow . . .
just thought you ought to know.

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