EXILE - Jeremiah Eames Rankin Poems


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for Kwame Dawes

   Your scuttled pays floats -- fiery -- in the ether;
Blazing, it vomits smudge-smoke. Your mind chars
Black because you yaw –- moth-like -– too near flames.
You douse your dream-scorched brain with slave-sweat rum --
The only gold you can own, corroding
Your liver. Your anthem plays to gunfire.
   When you think about it (when you can breathe) –-
After all the lies that frame nostalgia,
All the dead faces that occupy photographs,
All the slain lovers pitched into ditches,
Your eyes itch and ache with water, then dry –-
Curling like dead leaves, starving for gold fire.