Papa’s heroes

American / all right
you want the / we have to die for

fill life / pop
someone else’s bridge / he wants

we all / got a space

the young American / cuts his hand
showing want / life

we all got a space / on top

bread-winner begs / tell me
is that where / your money

it ain’t / that Barbie doll
but life / a woman

case of depression?
tell me / what’s the matter?

do you remember
he wants / the young American

sing falsetto
‘bout everywhere / everybody

can’t be on top
but American / all right

i want / your hands
on a bus / heaven forbid

the river / of addiction
flows / the survivors

blushing / at the thing
too young / everybody wants

needs a thrill / a child
i can hold / without cramps

he coughs / ain’t that love?
just you / and your idol

that poster love
un-American hearts / broken

where have Papa’s heroes gone?

/ / /

This is a found poem. Sources:

David Bowie. “Young Americans.” Young Americans, 1975.

Prince. “Pop Life.” Around the World in a Day, 1985.

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