all you need

all you need to get by is the ultimate grace
that makes you want to weep
but instead you
grin.

for 24 hours
for 24 years
for 24 lives
all you need to get by is to know how to
float on your back
in a violent sea of sharks.

all you need to get by is to keep the
junkies and Nazis and cops and rednecks
from murdering you

all you need to get by is to keep the
women from murdering you.

all you need to get by is enough to
drink and a job that starts at
noon

and a country that can hold inflation down to
6.9 percent a year.

all you need to get by is a wife who
never lets you know the truth

a good battery
and an auto jack
that works.

all you need to get by is a hook shot
and a golden boxing glove.

radio turned low at midnight

and a self-cleaning
fishtank.