... addiction ..., ... Applachia ..., ... beauty ..., ... communion ..., ... country ..., ... experimental ..., ... ghosts ..., ... girl ..., ... God ..., ... life ..., ... love ..., ... music ..., ... pain ..., ... poem ..., ... poems ..., ... poetry ..., ... relationships ..., ... religion ..., ... satan ..., ... sins ..., ... summer ..., ... summer solstice ..., ... the South ..., ... the sun ..., ... weed ..., ... written under the influence ...

Plenty Cost

they stood four-square
on thick shiny pine
boards, July heat pressed
in sweat clouds rising
beneath the rusty tin
roof. stomp and doe
re, doe doe fa, fa mi doe.
old men with slick combs
holler in other tongues
from the back. Pentecost-
al fire fallin’ past
fluttering hand fans. and
paradise boils in holler
heat, while St. Peter turns
the other cheek, while we
rap sinners knuckles
and slide right past. holler
sweet Sister, Jesus’ll
make you
whole.

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6 thoughts on “Plenty Cost

  1. Michael?

    I like the format change.

    It is easier for each piece to stand alone – less distraction.

    This change forces a focus that almost didn’t seem welcomed before.

    You are paying more attention to your line breaks here as well…

    Even if the ‘influence’ you are under is something that we can’t all share – the line breaks will guide us through to something we can ultimately be able to understand based upon our shared experiences.

    Thank you.

    M.L.

  2. Sonny says:

    There are times when you bring me home… I can feel it alive again around me. There’s always a mixture of nostalgia and sweetness and melancholy in me when it happens… I wait for those moments in your posts.

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