of tontines and tostones…


Words To Live By 

When you hit the wall, son:

Avoid obfuscation.  

Eschew the picayune.  

Think big, boy.  


Pray every day.  

Do right.  

Go to church.  

Go to work.  


Bypass tontines.  

Eat every toston that passes before you. 

Stay fit and sober.


Do as I say.

Don’t interfere in boy/girl fights.  

If you beat someone do it in the bathroom.

Blood cleans up easier from tile.

Stay away when I set your mother straight.

Don’t tally score when we beat you.


Your mother and I never lie.

Assume your mother and I lie.


Avoid working the sugar cane harvests.

Use sassafras leaves to keep flying insects at bay.


Ours are the best leaders.

Revel in cotton candy politics.

Believe in the sanctity of Richard M. Nixon.

We get the leaders we deserve.


Believe that you are special.

Know that you are a worthless disappointment.

Believe that you are superior to others.

Know that you are inferior to us.


Might and money make right. 

Invest wisely.

(tho u smoke, snort, drop, and shoot it away?)


Save time and money.  

(tho u r profligate?)


Say no to drugs. 

(tho u use?)


Always keep your gun loaded.

Never point your gun at your own head.

(tho u say u do?)


Be a team player.

Be a lone wolf.


Respect women.

(tho i c u leer at them?)


Be faithful.

(tho i c u with women other than my mother?)


Don’t talk back.


Tip your whores generously.

Smoke opium with any governor you cross.


Believe in American hegemony.

Our drugs are the only justified drugs.

Our wars are the only justified wars.


Meritocracy forever.

Capitalism or death.

Always drive American.

Take care of your planet.


Don’t tally the score late in the game.

Don’t hate your parents.

Don’t beat or mistreat us when we are frail.


Remember everything we taught you.

Death will be upon you soon enough.


“I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere.  It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed.”

— William Carlos Williams

About istsfor manity

i'm a truncated word-person looking for an assemblage of extracted teeth in a tent full of mosquitoes (and currently writing a novel without writing a novel word) and pulling nothing but the difficult out of the top hat while the bunny munches grass in the hallway. you might say: i’m thee asynchronous voice over in search of a film....
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