THE WORMWOOD & THE GALL

by Amelia Stanford

 

DOPED OUT ON 22

WATTS OF LIGHT

YOU SAW JESUS

CROWNING YOUR

SILK LAID HAIR.

 

GAMBLING ALL YOUR

CHIPS BUT MY

BUG EYES BULBING

AT THE SIGHT OF

OUR TONGUES

 

SWIMMING IN SHADOWS,

TESTING LUKEWARM

WATERS. I SAW YOU

AT CHURCH ON PALM

SUNDAY TO GET RIGHT

 

WITH YOUR GOD.

STANDING BY YOU—

KNEES LOCKED BUT

I CAN’T BE NAILED ON

A CROSS FOR YOU.

 

VERSES ITCHING AT

YOUR ELBOWS, TOGETHER

ON TRIAL, WE COMMIT

THE CRIME—FIRE UNDER

 

OUR ASS TO GET IT

RIGHT BUT WE DON’T

KNOW WHAT THAT IS

BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN

LIED TO OUR WHOLE LIFE.


Thumbnail image by Sabrina Sanchez.