And It’s Never Enough

70,000 shits a second.
70,000 shits a second,
the world is taking
70,000 shits a second.
Every week of the month,
every day of the year,
70,000 shits a second.
In bored-stiff calm
or panicked fear.
70,000 shits a second.
On every continent.
In every town and city.
Every time zone reckons
when things get shitty, with
70,000 shits a second.

On ships that steam the deepest ocean,
and Jets that thread the bluest sky,
courthouse bowels
between legal motions,
priestly bowels
between prayers on high take
70,000 shits a second.
70,000 shits a second.
70,000
shits a second.
A stadium-full each instant,
a new stadium each and every moment,
a new stadium-full
call it the Toilet Bowl,
70,000 shits a second.

and never the same shit twice.
Never the same shit twice
and that’s not counting
all the people who are shitting
at the very same time.

Four million shits a minute,
an L.A. on the crapper,
250 million shits
a U.S.A. of shit . . . an hour,
call it the United Shits of America.
And she tells me,
and she tells me,
and she told me,
“I don’t give

a shit.”
Somewhere in the world
there is a roaring river of shit,
a Niagra falls of shit,
all of which is a shit
she won’t give,
about me.

Because no matter how many,
no matter how much,
each and every bit,
each and every bit of it,
is individuated.
Each and every bit
is personal.
Private. Each and every gut
squeezes to the beat of its own different
peristaltic drummer, where the
apparent superfluity of big numbers
is vanquished by the reality in the
particulars, and nobody cares
about everybody,
and everyone cares,
individually.
One on one.
Which is why
there is always too much shit,

and it’s never enough.

Terrence Provost

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