Carcinogenic Poetry: Top Ten No. 9


the mushrooms of lethargy
dragging me down
to mind-numbing holocausts
of depression
where the lark muddies
its dying wings
where the dead
grow their flowers
where Sid and Nancy
pogo to ska
amid the great guru
pot dealers
of Kingston
I’m unemployed
dreaming of psychedelic frogs
samsaras of butterflies
the pot-bellied
Buddha of the robins
in the sleeping yard
the great all-knowing
who stares
at the sky remembering the 90s
when it was
to be young
and worthless
when the dj’s played
The Spinanes
every Tuesday
on the radio.

Ross Vassilev was born in Bulgaria and now lives in Ohio. He’s a poet and the editor of the late Opium Poetry 2.0 ( and Asphodel Madness ( blogzines.

Carcinogenic Poetry: Top Ten crystallizes the journal between 2009 and 2015, sharing the most read posts to date. Presented from final poem to the top of the set, Ross’ poem was published on Thursday, February 3, 2011, and was the second most read post at Carcinogenic Poetry.