Replacing The Shovel


She destroyed him
And he loved her for it
He brought the trouble
She brought the shovel
To bury all the tainted pieces
Of his former self

Partners in crime
Doing the red eye boogie
With wolves
In sheep’s clothing
In light of
A neon ampersand
In blurry type
The only one
That could tame him
Shot for shot

They had a moment
At night’s end
She pulled a bait & switch
With a smile on her face
His courage started to bruise
And he knew
She was the one

They tied the knot
Wandering
Around a negative space
Replacing the shovel
With ball & chain
So he shook his head
Eased down
Onto the ground
And said farewell
To himself

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James Dennis Casey IV

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James D. Casey IV is a self published author of three volumes of poetry: Metaphorically Esoteric, Dark Days Inside the Light While Drunk on Wine, and Tin Foil Hats & Hadacol Coins. Books are available for purchase through his Amazon Author Profile. Mr. Casey's poetry touches on a wide range of topics including personal experiences, love, hate, religion, politics, dreams, addiction, parallel dimensions, and many others. His work has been published by several small press venues both in print and online lit mags including Triadæ Magazine, Walking Is Still Honest(W.I.S.H.)Press, The Blue Nib, Pink Litter, In Between Hangovers, Indiana Voice Journal, Poetry Breakfast, Beatnik Cowboy, Dissident Voice, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, Zombie Logic Review, Whispers, Your One Phone Call, I am not a Silent Poet, Tuck Magazine, Outlaw Poetry, PoeTree, Story Mirror, Stanzaic Stylings, Spillwords Press, The Micropoets Society, Leaves of Ink, PPP Ezine, Poetry Life & Times, and Realistic Poetry International.
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