“Kill Battery”

21 Jan

“Kill Battery”

There’s nobody left among us

to see-saw the canary act

to wedge cheese into mouse-traps

to deliver garbage

back to the offending sentry.

Push reverse and hit cure

your life rolls then flashes

beneath the marquee of former jails

radiant attributes of a doll in fame

the glamour, the lipstick

all can be yours

yet you retreat to the canary cage, always


you pull up your blanket of bones

past your chin,

your father’s chin

and all pirate ships draw blank,

although the guns need kissing.

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