Suddenly I Understand by James D. Casey IV

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

James D. Casey IV is a published author of two poetry books: ‘Metaphorically Esoteric’ & ‘Dark Days Inside the Light While Drunk on Wine.’ He is also working on his third under the title “Tin Foil Hats & Hadacol Coins” that is expected to be published in the next few months. Mr. Casey’s writings have been published in international ezines and on several websites. Poetry Life & Times, Artvilla, Realistic Poetry International, and Poetry Super Highway have him listed in their poet archives as well. You can find links to his books, social network profiles, and other projects on his website at http://louisianakingcasey.w

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