Friday, February 18, 2011

Neon Gods, Congregated Whores

Midnight mass of the masses
Moths to Saturn’s day flame
               pouting with beggars lips
On your knees and drink
               from the spout                 
Tapped dance, omnipotent drunk
Forbidden fruits and complicated mess

Free as a bird

Whores perch their stools
Pews in the houses of neon gods
Reciting slurred rosaries
               over whiskey sour communion

Foolish hymns
               Gyrating choirs

Silent, Knight, and observe!
Sister Peace has a sermon serenade
Her forked tongue
               licking what’s left of an altered boy

Two coins to pay the ferryman, Charon
An extra for his hospitality
A small offering to traverse the pulpit
in return for intoxicated salvation

Beautiful creatures
               how ugly they can be
They’ll drown one another
               before they make a convert of me

Absolution, Ra’s day
Corner confession booths
Prayers to Holy wines and spirits
Draw the Sabbath water

Who am I, but their scripture’s footnote?
Their sidebar dark symphony
sheep from the herd
paradigm nightlife on repeat

Don’t shoot the winged messenger
Mercury: the toxic


  1. have blended a diverse group of references together and created a marvelous piece i think you are more than a foot note...

  2. Hi Bryan

    The use of ancient and mythlogical character gives your verse a distinct touch and feel. I enjoyed it so much. Lovely.

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  3. @Brian & @Shashi : Thanks for commentary on this relatively rudimentary piece. Granted, this was one of those "in the moment" writes where one needs to express a certain perspective feel rather than actually being inspired by an entity. I enjoyed digging it up and re-reading it.

  4. Quite a lot of athletic and far from moribund word plays here, along with some toothy concepts to occupy the palate as the thoughts go down. I especially liked the phrase ending in "altered boy." Rudimentary or not, a fine sharp write on your chosen subject.