Every once in a while, I get a hall pass,

which is good because I need enemies,

and they're not always easy to locate.

Sometimes, all it takes is rolling over.

But other times, you need to look alive,

you need to scrub yourself down and turn on

that last vestige of charisma, madness,

that fatherly recoil, over the line,

that smile onto the not-so-great beyond,

where all of us are used-to-be lovers.

Every once in a while, I stay out late,

well past the limelight of these memories,

inscribed with the choler of these outcasts.  

originally published in Fjords Review