COME, LET US BATHE MILTON ACORN!
From Assdeep in Wonder, by Christopher Gudgeon. Published by Anvil Press in 2016. Gudgeon is the author of eighteen books and lives in British Columbia and Los Angeles.
Come, let us bathe Milton Acorn in rosewater and red wine, let us rub him with fine oils and perfumed rags, decorate his hair with the feathers of eagles and smaller less-serious birds. Let us gild his hemorrhoids and paint his liver spots every colour of the rainbow. Let us wash his clothes in bleach and strong detergent, festoon
his coat with ribbons and coffee stains. Let us buy him a real belt with notches, not fashioned with scissors and a Phillip’s screwdriver, but factory installed, like a new car smell. Shall we carry him through the traffic on carpets made of horsehair and fine cardboard? The sun will surely groan with wonder and everyone we pass will ask: is that a poet or merely some glorious human cigar?