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Come On Pen

from Anatomy of an Overdose by RJ Walker

  • This book contains 13 poems detailing an EMT's experience with overdose victims. Each poem is specific to the drug the victim took. This book of poetry is as entertaining as it is haunting. Free album track with purchase. Featuring the cover art of Chris Bodily.

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Written and Performed by RJ Walker


Come On Pen

by RJ Walker

Go pen!


Up up and away pen!

Come on Pen.

Come on Pen, you got this.

Move goddammit.

I need you to do something.

There is a boy bleeding to death

in my arms

and we are locked

in the back of an ambulance.

I need you to write me a key

or at least a crowbar

or something.

Just write me something.

Something I can use.

Get these emergencies out of me.

Come on Pen,

hustle goddamit.

Write me a dialysis machine

to scrub all this nightmare

out of my blood.

Become a needle.

Become a shovel

Dig these corpses out of me.

Just fucking do something!

Behind my eyes

there is a 15 year old girl named Helpless

she is overdosing on anti-depressants

and playing with her dead dog

in a room that looks an awful lot like mine

and this ambulance

isn’t fast enough

so write me an Engine that runs on Jesus.

Write me a Jesus that doesn’t run on death and taxes.

Write me a chest that isn’t shaped like a prison for my heart.

Get it out.

Get them out.

These kids with cancer

kids with guns

kids with dead parents.

I can’t do this by myself.

It makes my hands feel like a stabbing victim.

Goddammit Pen.

Why are you so fucking useless.

Why can’t you write haunted houses

into bounce houses.

Why can’t you fix anything.

No matter how hard you try,

no matter what you write

or how loud

Gunshots don't sound like piano keys,

the tanks never run out of gas,

and bombs still turn people into firewood.

All you do is dance like a drunk phlebotomist

and bleed pretty all over the corpses of trees.

Just do something useful for once!

Do something!

And my Pen said

this poem

right back to me.

Come on, RJ

Do something.


from Anatomy of an Overdose, released April 13, 2013
Written and Performed by RJ Walker


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RJ Walker Salt Lake City, Utah

RJ Walker is a Professional Presenter and Spoken Word artist on Salt Lake City, Utah. "What's a spoken word artist?" you may be thinking. Well, RJ Walker is proficient in multiple mediums of spoken word. Voice Over, Voice Acting, Creative Writing, Storytelling, Stand-Up Comedy, Performance (slam) Poetry. He also has experience as a Pitch Artist, and Product Demonstrator. ... more

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