Lou Reed – “Thoughts Turn to Murder Late at Night”

October 6, 2008 at 11:07 pm (Poetry & Literature)

We can learn to murder in the early hours
mulling over dour fate
technology offering its endless alternatives:
poisons, boxes spewing chemicals
And yet
in murder
we return to the odious spectacle of physical expression –
I’ll break you neck;
I’ll break your back
thinking unacquired savagery

Karate is a special kind of dance
Who pulverizes someone else’s bones
has lifted violence to the level of
an art,
which, unlike ballet,
does not require the total man.

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