The Love Nut-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Love Nut

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 let 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 bodies 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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