For a while we lived in a commune
above a liquor store in Oakland.
Everyone took turns making oatmeal
and toast. We drank powdered milk
from stoneware jugs and spent most
of the day on our knees. In exchange
for a bed, we stuffed envelopes and
folded their newspaper. RIGHT ON:
a raised fist, clenched around a crucifix.
They were radicals who'd seen the light.
Marx, they said, never claimed he came
to save anyone. They knew their Nietzsche,
they'd been Hari-Krishnad,
electric kool-aid acid tested,
EST'd and LSD'd.
They thought they had been everywhere,
and that they were righteous in coming down
to rest in this valley of sighs,
amidst the murmur of untranslatable tongues.
When we stood in their circle,
our eyes closed in prayer,
we could have been anywhere,
we could have been anyone.