Line of Red

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I saw that line of red
When I went to rouse my sleepyhead
When I went to rouse my sleepyhead.

On the floor he was abed
Broken bottles haloed round his head.
Snaked between the sofa legs
a trail of piss in which he bled.

I told my friend "Don't stay.
After all, Darling, it's your birthday.
Don't make your other guests wait."

In the door she hesitates.
Garbed in pearls and bows and lace
And a dress fit for roller-skating
Wistf'ly, she says "Sorry for the mess we made."

Then to my knees I lift his sorry head.
Glass falls from his parted lips
Every fold of flesh trembling sweat.
I dread. I dread. I dread.

"Were those drunken fools misled?
My anger fails to indwell what's said.
Anger fails to dwell in what I said.

You were my debt,
A short and unexpected debt,
Yet how am I upset?
What good is it entrusting this to me, what good is it?
What good is it?

Thou diligent daughter,
Do not trouble thyself!
There's no hurry for me.
You honored thy promise
For three days you
fed and kept me, such
kindness to such an old hog as I.

No sweeter end could life afford.
Do not ask why such short company we kept.
Even Satan wants of God
and from the movements of His hand, by the movements of His hand,
draws his breath.

If my farmer father's unconcerned by death,
and time, in kind, my anxiousness can rest.
But 'fore I go, a small request:

Love dwells in every natural act
Should a vulture ever trace thy step,
Recall his brotherhood and rest.
His purpose made by Him who makes us one

Lay me down in the lowland, now, and Brother Buzzard will care for me when I'm done!

Love dwells in every natural act!


from At the Estuary, released March 15, 2016



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