Laughs & Cries by Joe Reid Kirby III
Burn yourself with the tip of the lighter,
After you’ve just lit your favorite thing to smoke,
Sing the same ten songs over & over again,
Sometimes they’re the only voice that brings hope …
I’ve never stolen anything from anybody in my adult life,
Unless those fries or lips of hers count …
I spend every damn dollar I earn,
No matter my banks account …
Swat the mosquitoes & dodge the bees,
Don’t get bit by no ticks & fleas,
The heart stops …
Deciding to live again,
When you sneeze,
The mouth reminds the mind to calm,
When you yawn,
To set the body at ease …
The screens steal our time with cries & laughs,
& we proudly pay it our attention,
That’s all we have left to spend …
Work my ass off at an overnight job that’s below my talents,
When the car’s broke down & the rent’s past due,
Where’s the class that tells me what the hell to do?
The governments swallow the bail & tickets,
The church helps themselves to the tithes,
But how many financially-damned have they helped?
So many laughs & cries.
~ Joe Reid Kirby III 4/11/17
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