etched somewhere in a cavern

etched somewhere in a cavern poem by steven james humphreys

pain came with me

stitched deep within my skin

carving wrinkles on my face

dulling my eyes so the world looked dim

I dreamt I loved life once upon a time

etched somewhere in a cavern

where Stalactites drip

slowly growing long where

I used to think God couldn’t see

those strange darkened visions

as I drink shots of whiskey and beer chasers

watching hairy spiders chase each other up the wall

like black crawling aces behind the bartender

I sit perched on this wooden bar stool

stuck behind life’s eight ball

and joker card I got dealt

stowed away in my home town tavern

with a pack of cigarettes in my shirt pocket

and a rubber band wrapped roll of twenties tucked in my holey jeans.

 

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