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July 31, 2014 by NS

Based on the second section (II) of Howl, by Allen Ginsberg. I was inspired to do this by the (much more serious, worthy of reading, and LONG) post Meditations on Moloch on Slate Star Codex.

This was a lot harder than the previous ones I’ve done. Should I have altered more? Or did I already change too much? Comments welcome.

 

What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination?
Cat! Solitude! Filth! Kawaii! Ashcans and unobtainable dollars! Children screaming under the stairways! Boys sobbing in armies! Old men weeping in the parks!
Cat! Cat! Nightmare of Cat! Cat the loveless! Mental Cat! Cat the heavy judger of men!
Cat the incomprehensible prison! Cat the fishbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows! Cat whose buildings are judgment! Cat the vast stone of war! Cat the stunned governments!
Cat whose mind is pure machinery! Cat whose blood is running money! Cat whose foreclaws are ten armies! Cat whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Cat whose ear is a smoking tomb!
Cat whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Cat whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs! Cat whose factories dream and hiss in the fog! Cat whose smoke-stacks and whiskers crown the cities!
Cat whose love is endless oil and stone! Cat whose soul is electricity and banks! Cat whose poverty is the specter of genius! Cat whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen! Cat whose name is the Mind!
Cat in whom I sit lonely! Cat in whom I dream Angels! Crazy in Cat! Lap-dancer in Cat! Lacklove and manless in Cat!
Cat who entered my soul early! Cat in whom I am a consciousness without a body! Cat who frightened me out of my natural ecstasy! Cat whom I abandon! Wake up in Cat! Light streaming out of the sky!
Cat! Cat! Robot apartments! invisible suburbs! skeleton treasuries! blind capitals! demonic industries! spectral nations! invincible madhouses! granite cocks! monstrous bombs!
They broke their backs lifting Cat to Heaven! Pavements, mice, radios, tons! lifting the city to Heaven which exists and is everywhere about us!
Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies! gone down the American river!
Dreams! adorations! illuminations! religions! the whole boatload of sensitive bullshit!
Breakthroughs! over the river! flips and crucifixions! gone down the flood! Highs! Epiphanies! Despairs! Ten years’ animal screams and suicides! Minds! New loves! Mad generation! down on the rocks of Time!
Real holy laughter in the river! They saw it all! the wild eyes! the holy yells! They bade farewell! They jumped off the roof! to solitude! waving! carrying flowers! Down to the river! into the street!
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