by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
George said he doesn’t care.
But, I hear it in his voice.
I get dressed up
and drive to the spectacular
only to be derided, insulted,
and forced to laugh at the things
I deride and insult.
What a relationship!
He says, “See this? Can’t you see this?”
And I see it
and it made me mad
but now I laugh at its former power over me.
Disappointment and contempt are shared on stage.
Walking us all through the scenario
of American life and its paradoxes.
He is a show off and I can’t help myself.
I already know how he feels.
I want to know what he sees, though.
My curiosity is heightened by his curiosity to to shame
with simple words.
Simple words have power.
Complicated words have a pedigree.
Simple words are used to explain big and deep feelings.
Complicated words only describe the very specific.
George has changed the way I feel about ‘stuff.’
The fact that I can call it ‘stuff’
is a quantum leap forward in recognizing
my mortality and my unnecessary attachment to ‘stuff.’
I am going to:
- clean out my closet
- donate my goodies to a charitable organization
- live with a little less stuff in my life, and
- appreciate the people in my life.
George’s look on life is now a part of my ‘stuff.’
George Denis Patrick Carlin (1937-2008)
“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”