Monday, May 10, 2010

Complete Failure

I wonder how different
things would have been,
if instead of calling the first
track on Electric Ladyland,
“And the Gods Made Love,”
Jimi Hendrix had called it,
“And the Dogs Made Love.”
Would I have dropped out
of school and washed cars
for the rest of my life?
Would man never have
set foot on the moon?
It makes me worry, some-
times, about the names
I give to things, and the
titles I give my poems.
If only I’d called that poem
from twenty years ago
“The Complete Failure
of Your Ass,” maybe
I’d be famous by now.
Maybe you’d be famous, too.

-Jose Padua

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