to outcrazy the crazies
She ordered drinks,
but would take them in plastic cups
so she could enjoy
them outside the bar
on the steps
“She thinks she's too good for us,”
said the other girls. “Doesn't
wanna drink with
“She's just crazy,” said another girl. “Leave
“That's her art and the thing
she's best at,” said another girl. “This girl,
oh, she can out-crazy all the crazies.
I like her. Love her.
It wasn't that long ago
was approached outside
in the darkness by some
who invited her into the back alley
and she agreed.
But, she removed her clothes right
there on the steps.
An' pulled a goddamned switchblade from
between her legs.
Told the guy that she doesn't take money.
Tongue, ear, eye, or finger, she told him.
Asked, which would you like
me to carve out and
tuck neatly in my lady pocket for
There was nothing but seriousness in her
Apparently, it works. She spoke with the heart
and not the mind, so
She outcrazied the crazy.
And the guy just ran away.
There's real knowledge to be taken from
The way out of any situation
is to break the rules, to refuse to play
by the script. Do something
unexpected, something extraordinary. And you'll
always end up on top of
Craziness then, is only a statement
made by the heart
that the mind can't agree with.
They all drank
and nobody had anything else to say
It was time to