Poem for Late Stage Capitalism from Hulk Hogan’s “Third Man”
“Mean Gene, the first thing you need to do
is to tell these people to shut up if you wanna hear what I’ve got to say.”
-Hulk Hogan to Mean Gene Okerlund, July 7, 1996
the future came
& everybody knows
I made a monster.
I made people rich,
promised millions, promised
we take the whole—
the monsters with me—
we destroy all.
i did everything
the New World:
me & the blood
by my side
whatcha gonna do?
whatcha gonna do?
what are you
going to do?
Poem for Self-Encouragement from Mick Foley’s “Cane Dewey”
“I love being right.”
-Cactus Jack to Tommy Dreamer, September 19, 1995
to pay the price / to sweat / to bleed
to suffer / to sacrifice / for them
they’re worth it / you got the choice / not me
I made my choice / believed in something / I thought that made a difference
the Dream embedded in my skull / embedded in my heart / be honest with the pain
my saving grace / simple words / time & effort
my heart / my heart / my soul
my little pissant aggressions / selfish wants / hatred
I’m on the path / it’s me / I burned my bridge
with open arms / who would trade that / welcome, Dreamer
Poem for Narcissus from Chris Jericho’s “RAW Is Jericho”
“You people have been led to believe that mediocrity is excellence. Uh-uh, Jericho is excellence!”
-Chris Jericho, interrupting the Rock, August 9, 1999
i am your hero / your host / your living history / a dawning of
a dawning of / a new era / a captivating / cliched / honest
shining idiot / & this idiot / is good enough
a man / & the problem / here tonight
Josh Shepard is a poet and artist living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His work can be found most recently or forthcoming in Waxwing, Bureau of Complaint, cool rock repository, Sledgehammer Lit, Punk Noir Magazine and Slipstream. Twitter: @JoshShepard