Smiling Spider, Odilon Redon
There is no cure for them,
unlike the heeby-jeebies
or the shakes
which Russian vodka and a hot bath
will smooth out.
The drifties can be licked,
though the vapors often spell trouble.
go away in time. So do the fantods.
And good company will put the blues
and do much to relieve the flips,
the quivers and the screamies.
But the willies are another matter.
Anything can give them to you:
electric chairs, raw meat, manta rays,
public restrooms, a footprint,
and every case of the willies is a bad one.
Some say flow with them, ride them out,
but this is useless advice
once you are in their grip.
There is no way to get on top
of the willies. Valium
is ineffective. Hospitals
are not the answer.
and emitting thin, evenly spaced
waves of irony
but don't expect miracles:
the willies are the willies.
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