Suddenly I Understand

Holding on for dear life
Searching for some
Psychogenic other self
Among the ugly people

Numbing the pain
By the pulse of the moon
Until there's nothing left

Reinventing myself
Again and again
Behind a smoldering cigarette
My inner child
Still clings to my leg
Like it's a plastic crucifix
Too young to grasp the concept
Of gold

Suddenly I understand
Searching for the answer
An answer quite like you
It is impossible
To extinguish a fire
With kerosene

So I laugh
In the face of the flames
Toss in my burnt cancer stick
Drink the flammable liquid
And piss on the fire
Anxious to see
Who I may become

Β©James Dennis Casey IV

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