Free Men Doing Time

everything heals
give it time
everything dies
give it time
scars all bleed
together breathing
from the cradle
to the grave
chased by devil
hounds chasing
a toothy moon
through a hole
in the sky
trying to find
a shortcut home
over roots of
bent over trees
high-fiving Jesus
in the graveyard while
licking toads wearing
golden chains and
swimming in a wishing
well aware of its
warts lit by a two
ended candle in a
southern boy’s hand
after the sun goes
down on the soil
for cunnilingus
then penetrating
Mother Earth’s ground
with passionate fury
nothing lasts forever
in a godforsaken town
spinning on the devil’s finger
fingered for the crime
way down in a hole
as children brag about
their dirty fingernails
smoking as soon as they
can walk and drinking
wine made of Mother Mary’s
tears and rotten fruit
that tastes so sweet as
it lilts down their chins
free men doing time
among the lucky ones
brothers killing brothers
holding hands in the flame
with fingers on the trigger
down below a drunken pyre
don’t be surprised if
you get burned making
friends with ghouls
that wear toe tags for
shoes with vampire laces
100 miles underneath
a silver tongue landmine
taking a bite from forbidden
veins filled with maggots
darkness finds us all
in the end here as
the candle grows dim
everything heals
give it time
everything dies
give it time
scars all bleed
together breathing
from the cradle
to the grave

Β©James Dennis Casey IV

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