CHARLIE FREAK - James Joseph Sylvester Poems


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Charlie Freak had but one thing to call his own.
Three weight ounce pure golden ring, no precious stone.
  Five nights without a bite,
    No place to lay his head,
And if nobody takes him in he'll soon be dead.

On the street he spied my face, I heard him hail.
In our plot of frozen space he told his tale.
  Poor man, he showed his hand,
    So righteous was his need,
And me so wise I bought his prize for chicken feed.

Newfound cash soon begs to smash a state of mind.
Close inspection fast revealed his favorite kind.
  Poor kid, he overdid,
    Embraced the spreading haze,
And while he sighed his body died in fifteen ways.

When I heard I grabbed a cab to where he lay.
'Round his arm the plastic tag read D.O.A.
  Yes Jack, I gave it back,
    The ring I could not own
Now come my friend I'll take your hand and lead you home.