When I Was in Las Vegas and Saw a Warhol Painting of Geronimo
I thought We could be related, Andy and I. We’re both
blue walls and yellow cows in a gallery of pristine white. We’re both
screen prints, off-set and layered. Under exposed. We’re both
silver clouds filled with helium and polluted rain. We’re both
white and blonde and scared of hospitals. Only I’m not really any of those things.
And then I thought We could be related, Geronimo and I. We’re both
code names for assassinations. We’re both first
names you yell when you jump from a plane. We’re both
gamblers and dead and neon acrylic brush strokes on a screen printed image. Only I’m more
like a neon beer sign sputtering in a tavern window: burned out, broke,
a heart with arrhythmic beats.
b: william bearhart, “When I Was in Las Vegas and Saw a Warhol Painting of Geronimo” from Cream City Review 38, issue 1 (Spring/Summer 2014): 36. Reprinted with permission of the author’s estate.