calvero poetry

Sometimes I become sad, almost depressed even, because I know I’m eventually going to forget certain things I never wanna forget. Like the extra friendly way the cashier smiled at me in Dunkin Donuts one morning. Or that time I sat alone and watched a fly that had landed in front of me mischievously rub it’s front legs together like a super villain plotting the end of the world. And then I think of the millions of small wonderful things I’ve already seen and forgotten and feel this insane amount of loss. And the only thing that ever brings me outta the sadness I feel, of knowing how much I’ve lost and forgotten, is knowing that I have a million more moments of small but perfect happinesses ahead of me. And that all I have to do in order to see them is keep living and keep my eyes open.

And I think I can do that.

I really don’t think that sounds too hard.

we are all doomed creatures

For Jessica Lynn,
    aka Jess,
          aka Jessy

last night i stood

on a rooftop
overlooking NYC

and talked with my friend 

about life

i told him

life was pain 

and that’s all life


i told him

i could prove it

he said how

i said because 

every human being 

ever born 

is a doomed creature

doomed to feel pain

and doomed to feel 

mass amounts
of pain

and that from the beginning

of time 

there hasn’t been one person

who has escaped pain

and not only pain

    but mass amounts
of pain

he asked me what about love?

what about laughter?

i told him love and laughter 

were not life

    only reprises from life

i told him love and laughter 

never last

but pain is always there

    in ambiance

because even as we are
loving and laughing

pain is hiding underneath
it all



because we are put here
to suffer 

and love and laughter
are just these things

to make sure we don’t


love and laughter
are those cups of gatorade
they hold out to joggers
at marathons

that’s all
love and laughter

they are not why
we’re here

we are not here
to love and laugh

we are here to try
and then fuck up

and then we’re supposed to learn
from our fuck ups

and we’re supposed to keep going
and all for some reason
i’ll never care
to understand

we are here
to hurt
i told him

we are here
to cope with the fact
that breathing air feels like
being a walking, talking
open wound
that someone is sticking
their hands inside of
and then stretching apart
while humming an old timey
popular song from the 30’s
and that there’s no
cool Batman band-aid
big enough
to cover it
and “make it all better.”

we are doomed creatures
I told him.

every last one of us

beautifully doomed from the water slide
out of our mother’s vaginas
to when death knocks
on our front door
like a cop busting up
a house party

and the people
who hurt the most
are the people
who know this truth

because pain
is the truth
in its birthday suit

and i wanted to be like
     “If you don’t believe me
just ask
Robin Williams
or Richard Brautigan
or Ernest Hemingway
or Kurt Cobain
or Sylvia Plath
     or even Chris Farley
     or John Belushi
or any of the other
millions of people
who have seen the truth
in its birthday suit
far too often.”

i thought about throwing myself
off of the rooftop
numerous times
during our discussion

not because
the topic matter
was so heavy
     but because i’ll never be able
to see a building
or look off of one
without picturing myself
swan diving off it

the pain is always

i always
feel it

     even on my best days
i always feel it

i don’t think
my friend does though

even though
he’s a doomed creature
i can guarantee my friend
didn’t think about
leaping off the building
as we talked

not once

i fuckin’ love the kid
but sometimes i’m really amazed
we’re best friends

© Calvero 2014

i miss licking her asshole

I loved licking
her asshole.

The reasons for me loving
to lick her asshole
were twofold

1) Her asshole tasted just like
a really, really good
chocolate milkshake/
the scene from the movie “Titanic”
where Jack draws Rose
wearing nothing but the
“Heart of the Ocean” necklace.

2) Whenever I licked her asshole
I felt at home.
    Or, like, my tongue
felt at home.

Like my tongue woulda received
all of its mail

Like my tongue woulda moved in
with its wife
and then had kids
and then raised its family

Like two Jehovah’s Witnesses
woulda knocked on the door
of her asshole
    at, like, 8 A.M.
one Sunday morning
and then my tongue woulda answered the door
and began screaming,
    “Are you serious?
        Are you fuckin’ serious?
Knocking on my door
and waking me up at 8 in the morning
on a weekend?
I work all week,
    God dammit,
and when the weekend finally comes
I wanna be able to sleep in!
    Get outta here!
        Get the shit outta here!”

But my tongue
doesn’t lick her her asshole

My tongue
is homeless.

It lives in a cardboard box
inside my mouth
and sometimes people open my mouth
and cram change inside of it
and then they go,
    “Promise me
you’re only gonna buy food
with this…”
and my tongue goes,
    “Yes, I promise you
I’m only gonna buy food
with this.”

But my tongue
never does.

It just buys booze.

and more booze.

I miss licking
her asshole.

I miss my tongue
not being homeless.

I miss how even the dirtiest/
most “disgusting” parts of her
felt like home
to me.

And they say
is where the heart

    if that’s true,
a large part of me
is still inside her asshole

where it belongs

    and where it will stay

until she decides
to shit me

© Calvero 2014

play dead

On those days when your smile looks like a hammered bluebird,

play dead.

When life becomes nothing more than a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos where there are no white plastic balls bouncing around for the hippos to eat,

play dead.

When someone tells you to follow them on Twitter or Instagram or Twittergram or Instatwat or whatever the next big, insanely narcissistic form of social media is,

play dead.

When you feel The Grim Reaper picking through the garbage can of your heart, looking for bottles and cans,

play dead.

After someone utters the oil spill “I love you,”

play dead.

When you’ve forgotten who you are, or what you’re doing, or how to love yourself,

go for a walk.

Continue on the walk until you find a dead animal flattened in the middle of the street.

Observe it. Study it while ignoring the static of flies.

Notice how the dead animal doesn’t look at anything/anyone.

This is important.

Curl up in a ball on the side of the road and practice this. Perfect this.

Now notice how beautiful the dead animal is. And the dead animal is beautiful because it is alone, because it is not letting anything/anyone inside it.

Aloneness is the key.

Aloneness is the secret sauce on the cheeseburger of your life.

Cover yourself in secret sauce and play dead.

And just when you think you can’t play dead anymore, play dead'er, because the further you remove yourself from people the easier it is to learn to love yourself again.

Isolate yourself from the dead boys and dead girls, from these creatures compiled of nothing more than pop culture crumbs, masquerading as the alive.

Because they aren’t alive.

No matter how big they smile, no matter how loud they laugh, no matter how many rooftop parties they go to, they are all the same, boring mannequin-person.

They have all spent years/lifetimes murdering their eccentricities.

Run away from them.

Drink from the Kool-Aid flavored water fountain of yourself and taste how delicious you are alone without any added flavoring of people.

Remember who you are.

Remember what makes you unique.

If you ever want to feel alive, and if you ever want to make it out of this alive, and you can, then play dead.

Play dead, play dead,

play dead.


A girl smiled at me today.

Her smile was very pretty.

Her smile looked like the time I went to Taco Bell and they accidentally gave me an extra soft taco for free which made me happy for the rest of the day.

Her smile reminded me that good things were still capable of happening to me.

Even if it’s just a free taco.

Or even if it’s just seeing a stranger whose smile looks like a free taco.

defibrillating the dead child inside you

I pulled into the gas station.

When I got out of my car, I saw a white plastic spoon on the gas pump.

It was a windy day and the wind was making the spoon shake.

But the way the spoon moved it didn’t look like it was shaking.

It looked more like it was shivering.

Like it was cold despite it being a swamp ass-warm summery day.

“Grab it and put it in your car so it won’t be cold,” an old, half dead piece of my brain told me. A piece I don’t hear too much from anymore.

“Okay,” I said to my brain.

But then as I reached for the spoon I stopped myself.

I was scared someone was going to see me and be like, “What’s with the weird guy grabbing garbage and throwing it into his car?”

So instead of saving the spoon I just paid for some gas and began filling up my tank.

As I filled up, I watched the spoon helplessly shiver.

I imagined it as Tiny Tim.

As a Tiny Tim spoon. With a old ratty scarf and hat and crutch, coughing over and over.

“Fuck it,” I thought and, when I was done filling up my car, I grabbed the spoon and threw it in my bag on the front seat and quickly drive off as if I had just done something wrong.

I arrived home, took the spoon out of my bag and stared at it.

It wasn’t shivering anymore and this made me happy. Like I had done the right thing by grabbing it and taking it with me.

I went into the kitchen, found a permanent marker and drew a face on the spoon - two x’s for eyes and a smile that looked like it was sewn on.

Then I stared at him for a bit again.

He was smiling.

I was smiling.

Both of us smiling.

I named him Forky the spoon, then put him back in my bag.

I see Forky just about every day now when I rummage through my bag for a tissue or my headphones or a piece of gum. And whenever I do see him, he isn’t shivering.

He’s just smiling.

And his smile makes me inwardly smile too.

Essentially over nothing.

But still, it feels good.

It feels really good smiling over nothing.

Especially when you have no reason to smile over anything.

And sometimes I think about how I woulda missed out on all those inward smiles, those moments of feeling good for no reason, if I had ignored that half dead piece of my brain that spoke to me. And I also think about how it’s not dead yet, that piece of my brain. That it’s just buried under 30 years of bullshit. And, if I ever wanna be truly happy again, that I need to start listening to it more often.

Much, much, much more often.

people are a flock of self-absorbed, stupid birds sitting on a telephone wire and you are the car parked underneath them that they are unknowingly/knowingly shitting on

The world would be
a much better place
if people spent
more time

The world would be
a much better place
if I were allowed to walk around
with a shovel
and just bash the shit
outta all these scared, cowardly people
constantly forming fake

Did you know
that 90% of the world’s
are birthed from people’s
constant inability
to tolerate the silence
and/or mad, cackling,
inside their heads?

Did you know
you need a license
to drive a car
or practice medicine
or carry a gun
or sell alcohol
or drive a big rig
because licenses are
these government-issued
pieces of paper
that entrust people with
a certain amount of

I wish
I could get a license
to walk around with a shovel
and just bash the shit
outta all these scared, cowardly people
constantly forming fake
and then proceed to bash
the thousands of poisonous, baby spiders
scampering outta the corpses
of their fake, dead
with my shovel
as well.

I feel like I would be
really good
at this.

A real natural

and I would strut around town
like a sheriff,
      wearing a really shiny, star-shaped badge
pinned to my shirt
and with a holster around my waist
holding my trusty

And I would whistle
while I worked.

And whenever people
walked up to me
and asked me,
      “Sheriff Calvero,
why do you do
what you do?”
      I’d stop whistling
and simply reply
to them,
      “Listen here,
Someone has to stop
these fake “friendships”/
from forming
ending badly,
      leaving these two people
and pissed off
and lashing out
at one another
forcing them to lash out
at the world

because that’s what people do
when they’re pissed
off and angry - they take their frustrations out
on innocent people.
      Like the cashier
at CVS,
or the person
standing too close to them
on the subway,
or a parent
who sincerely and genuinely
loves them.

inevitably breeds anger

and anger
inevitably breeds hatred,

so fakeness
must die
by my hands,

by my ultra sexy,

and then I’d begin whistling
and walk away
like the bad ass mother fucker
I am.

Imagine a world
where I walk around
like a sheriff,
      bashing fake “friendships”/
as well as their poisonous baby spiders
to death
with my trusty shovel.

Imagine a world
where people interact
with one another
based out of connection,
genuine interest
and love
rather than just outta
and fear.

Imagine a world
where people seek acceptance
from themselves
and not from groups
of people.

You don’t know
who you are
until you’ve let the silence
inside your head
lecture you
for five hours
while sitting all by yourself
inside a Taco Bell.

You don’t know
who you are
until you’ve listened to
the mad, cackling, laughter
in your head
for so long
that, eventually,
you begin laughing
      and you laugh along with
the mad, cackling laughter
until hours later
when the mad, cackling
inside your head
finally dies down,
      and so your laughter
      dies down along with it,
and then there’s a few
moments of silence
and, completely puzzled,
you’re all like,
What were we laughing
at again?”

I saw four really, really,
really, really pretty girls
      (all co-workers)
sit down
and have lunch
with one another
in the mall food court.

Here is the subtext
of their conversation…

“I’m gonna pretend
to be your friend(s)
but only so I don’t
look like a bitch to everyone
and also because,
      at this current moment,
I don’t know how to fuck
you over,
      and I until I do,
           until I do
           know how to fuck you over,
I’m gonna pretend to be
nice to you,
      like we’re all cool
      and shit,
but then,
      the first chance I get
      to stab you in the back,
I’m gonna take it.

So get ready to have
a back
full of knives,

I sat there
eating my tacos
while laughing at
the four of them,

these four thoughtless,

until they got up
and left
and a guy
holding a Panda Express bag
came and took their

He ate lunch
all by himself
      when he was finished,
he did the most courageous
thing possible;

he just sat there
and blankly stared
ahead of himself.

He didn’t go
on his iPhone.

He didn’t put on
and listen to

He just sat there
and let the silence
lecture him

or he was silently
laughing along
with the madness cackling
inside his head.

Either way
he looked like a pair
of big, hairy nuts
to me.

Mr. Testicular

      I named him
inside my head
      even though
      he didn’t have a pretty face
      or a tight ass
      or a nice pair of perky breasts,
I found him far more
than the four girls
who sat at the table
before him.

The most beautiful people
in the world
aren’t the ones
you’re gonna find in
People’s magazine.

They’re gonna be the ones
who look like a big,
hairy nutsack,

the ones
you look at and think
to yourself,

Someone I don’t
have to beat to death
with a shovel.


© Calvero 2015

you’re welcome for the shit-war paint i will slap onto your face. and, in case you were wondering, i will be accepting advanced thank yous in the form of muffin baskets, barnes and noble gift cards and microsoft points. (straight fuckin’ through the loneliness)

I’m gonna do you
a favor.

I’m gonna smear shit
on my hand,

    alllllllll fuckin’ over
    my hand,

in which case I will proceed
in slapping you
across your face
with my shit-covered

And the shit I smack
onto your face
will be the greatest thing
that ever happened
to you.

It will feel like
a spiritual raise.

A spiritual raise
made outta shit
slapped across your face.

And the fresh shit
slapped across your face
will be the war paint
you will wear
in the much needed
and long overdue process
of you
finally un-murdering
after, unknowingly,
having spent your whole life
silently murdering
your most beautiful impulses,
    slaughtering them
    like spiritual calves,
in order to fit in
with groups of mass peoples.

The shit-war paint
will intimidate and scare
every person
you meet.

It will silently
scream war cries like,
because you will be
at war.

At war
with the world.

At war
with your murdered

will walk past you
on the streets
and have thoughts like,
    What… the… fuck?

Does that dude really have
shit-war paint
on his face?

I better leave him

If he’s crazy enough
to wear shit-war paint
on his face
who knows what other
kinda crazy shit
he’s capable of…

And the world    will
leave you alone
because it will be scared
of you,

because it will not understand
and your shit-war painted

It will not understand
your war.

And the shit-war painted
induced loneliness
will hurt
at first
it will be the best thing
that ever happened
to you.

Because the only way
to begin the long,
overdue process
of learning how
to un-murder yourself
is through

Not over it.
Not under it.
Not around it.

Through it.

the loneliness.

And so you’ll do
all the lonely things
that lonely people do
while in the process of going
the loneliness.

You’ll count
the empty jugs of wine
all around you
in the voice of The Count
from Sesame Street
inside your head…

    Vun empty jug
    of vine!
    TWOOOOOOOO empty jugs
    of vine!

You will begin watching
weird-ass fetish porn
in order to spice up
your masturbating
as you feel Her
combing her hair
2,000 light years away
from you.

You will sit in McDonald’s
all alone
for a six hour period
of time and,
    around the fourth hour
    or so
    of sitting in McDonald’s
    all alone,
you’ll begin swinging
an imaginary trident
at some hipster-looking guy’s head
as he eats his McDonald’s
You’ll make
    WHOOSH! noises
each time the trident
swings by his face
always coming up just centimeters short
of smashing off
the hipster-looking guy’s

    This dude has no idea
how close he just came
to having his nose
smashed right off his face
by a fuckin’ trident,
    you’ll say to yourself.
He doesn’t even know.
    He doesn’t… even… know!
And then, one day,
    after having done
all these lonely,
                 lonely things,
you’ll wake up and be all like,

    No shit…

        I’m through…

and you will be
on the other side
of the loneliness.

And you’ll roll outta bed
and finally look at your warrior-self
in the mirror,
    with your shit-war paint
    still smeared all across
    your face,
        dried up and crusted
        and gross
        and slowly eating itself
        into your skin,
            making itself a physical part
            of you,
and you’ll think
in a really gruff and macho
tone of voice,
    I’m just glad
    s/he’s on our side…

You will finally be
on your own

Your own side

and not

You will have
your true self.

From here on out
you will progressively regress
into a childlike state
of living
where you do things
simply because you enjoy
doing them
and where you don’t worry about
what other people think
about you
when you do these things.

You will do these things
simply because doing them
makes you happy
and because you are a lonely adult
with shit-war paint
on your face
that the world doesn’t understand,
    or wanna understand,
        you might as well do
whatever it is
that makes you happy.

You will understand
that in order to fit in
with large masses of people
you need to degrade yourself
into a lower, generic
form of yourself.
That you need to think on
the same level
that the group does.
    Talk about the same
    stupid shit
    that they do.
That you have to surrender
your free mind
to a group way of thinking
    if you think too far
    outside of the group
    too often,
then you will remove yourself
from the group.

The shit-war paint
will grow hands and undress you
from the cleaned-up
you murdered yourself
into being
and allow you to finally
run around bare-ass naked
like the little kid
you used to be.

You will see the world
through the unbiased,
truth-seeking eyes
of a child.

You will hear the silence
that comes along
with having gone
the loneliness
and, because of this silence,
you will hear the violence
rioting in the streets
of your heart.

    (They have violence
rioting in the streets
of their hearts
but they’re incapable
of hearing it
because they’re too busy watching/
talking about Teen Mom
and 16 & Pregnant
and Duck Dynasty
and The Super Bowl
in order to hear it.)

You will be
an individual.

You will be

And “you”
is who you need
to be.

and not “everyone

It’s no wonder
I feel so alone
all the time.

I’ve been looking at
these murdered faces
for wayyyyy too long now
and some days
I don’t know whether to hike up
my skinny jeans
and go on
or to just throw myself in front of a speeding bus
because these people
with murdered faces
are not my people

and the older I get
the more I only prove
to myself
that there’s nothing here
    for me
on this planet,

    nothing but this one, exact, same
universal person
I’m supposed to love

but can’t

and who I don’t

And I’m just
so tired
of it…

…I’m so tired of looking at
all of these murdered faces
without shit war paint
on them.

I’m so tired
of feeling alone
because the rest of the world
is so terrorized
by the idea
of being alone.

© Calvero 2014

that feeling when your heart is beating somewhere else, like somewhere totally outside of your body

The first time
she and I had sex
she told me to put something romantic
on TV
and turn it up loud
so my parents wouldn’t hear us
having sex
because having your parents hear you
having sex
isn’t very romantic.

At least
I don’t think so.

Having your parents hear you
having sex
isn’t like lighting candles
or her wearing lacy lingerie
or sultry music playing in the background
so, in a hurry,
I flipped through some channels
and found some gardening show.
I left it on,
    thinking it was a little bit romantic,
and then she said,
    “This isn’t romantic,”
and so she took the remote control from me
like some kinda really weird,
yet really pretty bird
and then she flipped through the channels
and found Batman Returns
and, upon finding Batman Returns
        on TV,
she smiled and said,
    “Oh, this is lovely.
        This is perfect.
    How romantic…”

We sacrificed a rose
and scattered its rose corpse
over my bed.


She sucked on my cock
for almost half an hour
and then we made love
all over the scattered rose corpse (romantic)
which had,
    unbeknownst to us,
turned my bed
into a graveyard.

We could hear
the bones buried beneath us
rooting for us,

    cheering us on,

        wanting to be us,

            or, at the very least,
                if not able to be us,
            really wanting to be the bones
            inside our bodies,

but, for once,
the people on this planet,
the emptiness I’m always aware of
but can’t learn to love
or even accept,
the mounting failures,
the chemical imbalance
inside of me,
    all of these things
that always seemed to forbid
any real chance of happiness
ninja vanished from inside of me
and, for once,
I wanted to keep my bones
where they were.

I wanted to keep my bones
inside me.

Total mind fuck,

You have no

As she began cumming,
I looked into her eyes

She had teeth
in her eyes.

The teeth in her eyes
were green and yellow
and blue
and they were these colors
but altogether too.

(Total mind fuck,

As I looked into her eyes,
    and as she looked into mine,
her eye-teeth took two big bites
outta something inside me
and then devoured that part of me

Now I am being digested
inside of her
while totally and physically
outside of her.

    I don’t know
    if you’ve ever been digested before,
but being digested
feels a lot like dying,
    except you feel it happening
at a much slower pace
and you’re also exponentially
more aware of the fact
that you’re dying

Like always aware,

    always conscious all the time
        of the fact you’re dying.

I am dying right now
and so are you
but I am more aware of it than you are
because I am being
and you are not.

    I win…

Not romantic.

It’s been awhile
but I can remember her face
and I can still hear her voice,
    but as she slowly digests
    a big part of me
    I’ll never get back,
the more I begin to feel like
the whole thing never really happened
to begin with…

(Total mind fuck,

Every night I fall asleep
watching reruns of “Friends”
on Nick At Nite.

Sometimes I think of how nice
it would be
if I could fall asleep to reruns of a sitcom
where in every episode
she gets her head cut off
and then there’s a laugh track
and then that’s it.

The episode’s over.

I feel like I could fall asleep
to that
even easier
than I fall asleep
to Friends.

Which isn’t so easy.

At least not

It’s hard/scary
falling asleep in graveyard
all alone.

Not romantic.

© Calvero 2014