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Oct 15

we get what we deserve

by Keith Landrum

blind believers
salt my wounds with
forced tears of mercy

and they tell me
there’s a man above and
a beast below and
I am stuck
somewhere in between

these believers with their
fear drenched faith
warn me of an end
yet unseen

and I must choose
a place for my
soul bruised black
because tomorrow is
too late

and I tell them I’ve
gambled god’s grace
and drank whiskey
with the devil
in my living room

and I have chosen
to believe in
myself

and like the
bird in the sky
and the worm in
the ground
we all have our
place

and none of us
deserve anything
better
than death

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