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Love Nut

Narrated by Charles Rammelkamp



I go into the men’s room Springfield bus station 

on the way back to Muhlenberg County 

and see this nut in the mirror 

Who Iet in this weirdo Who let in this creep? 

He’s the kind writes I LOVE YOU on toilet walls and wants to 

embrace everybody in the lobby He writes his phone number 

inside a heart on the wall He’s some kinda pervert Mister 

Eros the Great Lover 


He wants to run up to everybody in the waiting room and kiss 

them on the spot and say Why aren’t we friends and lovers 

Can I go home with you You got anything to drink or smoke 

Let’s you and me get together The time is now or sooner 


He wants to take all the stray dogs and cats and people home 

with him and turn them on to making love all the time 



He wants to scatter poems from airplanes across the landscape 

He’s some kinda poetic nut Like he thinks he’s Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan rolled together with Charlie Chaplin thrown in 


He wants to lip-read everybody’s thoughts and feelings and 

longings He’s a dangerous nut He’s gotta be insane He has 

no sense of sin 


He wants to heat up all the dead-looking people the unhappy 

looking people in bus stations and airports He wants to heat 

up their beds He wants to open their lies and heads 


He’s some kinda airhead rolling stone He don’t wanna be alone 

He may be queer on men 


He’s the kind addresses everybody on buses making them laugh 

and look away and then look back again 


He wants to get everyone to burst out laughing and sighing and 

crying and singing and dancing and kissing each other including old ladies and policemen 

He’s gotta be mad He’s so glad to be alive he’s real strange He’s 

got the hots for humanity one at a time He wants to kiss 

your breasts He wants to lie still between them singing in a 

low voice 


He wants everyone to lie down together and roll around together 

moaning and singing and having visions and orgasms He wants to come in you He wants you to come with him He 

wants us all to come together One hot world One heartbeat 


He wants he wants us all to lie down together in Paradise in the 

Garden of Love in the Garden of Delights and couple together like a train a chain-reaction a chain-letter-of-love 

around the world on hot nights 


He wants he wants he wants! He’s gotta be crazy Call the cops Take him away! 




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