Sunday, August 8, 2010

When Camels Become Gold

When Camels Become Gold

when Camels become gold
you will sit on the streets of eternity
looking for your last word.

when Camels become gold
girls will sit in solitude
under your feet.

when Camels become gold
you will have given up your rights
as a human being
letting all that is unnatural
escape you
leaving you with the artistic notion
of suffering
of living for your art
of dying for your craft
of splitting the page in two
with such intensity
that even Bukowski
will relish in its energy...

when Camels become gold
you will have done all the things you said
your books will be selling
the lives of ordinary men
for good
for a lifetime

when Camels become gold
your integrity
will not have left you
it will be clinging to you
like raw meat
on a hook
waiting for the world
to eat you alive.

--Mike Meraz is a poet from Los Angeles who currently lives in New Orleans. He is the author of two books of poetry Black-Listed Poems and All Beautiful Things Travel Alone. Both are available at and He is also the editor of Black-Listed Magazine.

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