local_library Righteous

by Randy Taylor

Published in Issue No. 181 ~ June, 2012

We used to paint the town black,

Spin the wheels backwards

Those days when school was here

And work was there

And we were snagged on a nail between,

Hanging with the rust and mold—

What is and will be.

Pole dancing with the rusty cross—

Wind and rotten breath our music,

We taught the world how to dance.

Pissing Wild Irish Rose on the temple by Tombigbee,

To fill cracks in the brick and wash away the dust—

We painted a new shade of red

For Demopolis – the city of the people.

But we always looked good.

Freshening breath with Darvocet,

Injecting enough peace in our veins

To spread and pour like oil

Around the Vine and Olive Colony.

Throwing pizza to the dogs at Main and Cedar

Turning and tossing a “fuck you”

To Mary in her stained glass at St. Leo’s,

Her cracked hands guiding the way

To the nearest bar past the warped rail tracks.

Near Black Warrior, we’d take communion—

Seagram’s and a tablet of codeine—

Pray and puke the chunks on gravel,

Fall to our knees and bathe our faces

And our sins were washed clean.

In the city of the people.

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Randy Taylor is an independent public relations practitioner living in Christiansburg, Virginia. He is an emerging contemporary poet who enjoys drawing inspiration from the surrounding foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and his well-established roots that run into the deep south eastern United States. From a pack of Marlboros to a discarded bottle of Seagram's, his poetry invokes strong imagery of things left behind and things unspoken.