SWISS TOILET POEMS, AND WHY MEN FAIL
On draining into the this
porcelain commode from the
1860′s, my host told me it’s customary for
Swiss men to sit on the toilet
when peeing, out of respect
to Swiss women.
This is American women who
clean the dribble spots on
toilet seats from American
men each day.
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This a culture where men
sit in honor of women,
who are not under but
over things that are intangible,
things that are not meant to
be understood by lower animals.
Men from other cultures may
think Swiss men too soft
to sit on the seat every time,
so it may be the Swiss women
who also sit down every time
they make love out of respect to the men.
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What does it say about the
men who sit when they pee
out of respect to women.
What does it say of men who
don’t sit when they pee.
This is what life is when people
are living with real people.
To when people are not living.
This is what the clouds rain
when it falls, it just falls
where it may on Earth.
are not clouds that make rain,
but the Earth, and dampened moss
that absorbs water, land masses,
people, rainwater and wet
cobblestones, where a man sits for
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After 20 years I will never truly
understand the Swiss men, who sit
when peeing out of respect, maybe
it is I who does not understand myself
standing, spraying the toilet seat and
expect women to wet themselves
in my honor. It is women who are
always being sprayed by man,
left with nothing to rinse, these women
stand naked before us, pleading to have
warmth, but are left without, only
a wet toilet seat left by each
man who came before.
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9/18/10 – Zentrum Paul Klee
Inside this gourmet restaurant
glass encased, the husband and wife,
rich American women, and Swiss-French man,
never said a word the entire lunch,
5 courses, until it was necessary to
comment on the other couple that
was talking the entire meal,
to make fun that she was black, and
he was white. She was poor, he was educated.
He was lonely in love and moneyed,
she in need of something better.
Then they regressed back into
their silent dinner, empty marriage,
as the other desperate couple, talked,
talked of love, and each other.