Percy Dovetonsils

(12 Aug,1948 / Tokyo, Japan)

Being Frank Sinatra


What I wouldn't give
to be Frankie Blue Eyes
for a lonnnnngggg day.

To sing:
'when somebody loves you
it's no good unless he loves you
-allllllll the way'
to a lounge fulla
lushes and losers and lizards.

To say:
'Hey babe.
Ever swing
a ding ding
with a chick? '

To play
a
round
at the Desert Inn
with Dino,
and Sammy,
and Champagne Tony Lema,
and make Lawford
and Bishop
and Rickles
caddy.

To burn
for
and with
Ava.
To screw Bacall
while Bogey
lies
dying.

To party
in Palm Springs
with JFK,
…..and pimp for him, too.
To slug guys
twice my size
for giving me a funny look
or maybe
for nothin'.
Guys
too terrified
by Sammy G
to fight back.

To wow bobbysoxers,
have an Adam's apple,
lose the apple,
make a comeback,
disappear,
make comeback after comeback,
go outta style
come back in
go out again,
wear a bad hairpiece,
give up on the 'piece,
lose the pipes,
sing magnificently
without
'em.

Finally,
in the last years
just makin' it
on pure style
on phrasing,
on invisible
gestures,
on croaking,
on allusions
to style
gone out of style
yet somehow back in:
fingerpoppin'
cuffshootin'
wisecrackin'
narra' ties
pipestem pants
nosepicker shoes
-Making people
see the invisible
hear the inaudible
get with
a real gone cat.

Go out
a winner
with my whole world
already dead
and buried
along with my zest for
life's pleasures- grand AND simple:
the roar of the crowd,
a chick,
or Chivas,
or scarin' the shit outta some nobody.
Can't sing
or hear
or feel
or see
and
never woulda believed it
but
am so
so
OVER
that
I
just
can't
wait
to
croak

and go back
to being
me.

Submitted: Friday, April 22, 2005
Edited: Friday, April 22, 2005

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