Under Asked Questions?

Have you ever
shot dice
in the school yard?
Have you ever
lost your house keys
at a gang fight?

Ever swallow a cigarette butt
in a warm beer can?
Ever fall asleep in church
and start snoring?

Have you ever put your face
up against a chain link fence
to watch the 4th & 5th graders
play dodge ball with mini basketballs?
Ever thrown rocks at passing cars
from the overpass?
Have you ever ran from the school security
into oncoming traffic
trying to skip out after lunch time?

Ever get caught sneaking back into school
to ride the bus home at the end of the day?
Ever lose your faith in magic?
Have you forgotten how high your aspirations are?

Does your situation ever keep you up at night drinking
arguing with God, and making promises you can’t keep?

Ever swear this all must be some cruel joke?
Been so sure that the devil was standing behind you
you could feel his breath tickle whispers down your spine
but been to scared to turn around and look.

the windows must be closed
or the chill gets into the room sometimes
like memories, and failure, and alcoholism, and fear
Love is far too jealous to spend time arguing with you

where you are going there is only one answer
the right thing is simple because it is the right thing
the future is not the past or we would call it the past

trust me

regardless of how you answer
the screaming inside you
eventually we all get to die…

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“1 Corinthians 13:11”

as a boy I played Castlevania,
played imagined Stock Car Races on Big Wheels
and enough Cans, that I bet you still can’t beat me.
As a boy I believed that the A-team
were just well trained marksmen
and the fact that no one ever died
when they shot directly at them, seemed heroic.
Believed the General Lee was painted
with a Confederate flag on the roof
because the Duke boys had southern pride.

When I would dream at night
of World Wrestling Federation titles
Hulk Hogan always lost to me
and the Road Warriors were my best friends.
When Christmas morning was magical,
when my father would never lie to me & was on his way…any minute now,
when the American Flag didn’t feel like slave ships
and black lives matter tee shirts.

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”