Revelations Through Reciprocation

Three poems
by James Dennis Casey IV
Something Stirs
A metamorphosis
Of spirit
To purge the soul
Under candle lit skies
Seemingly infinite
Amongst crystal dusted majesty
Something stirs
Underlying currents
Exposes Truth
She licks the plaque
From a dead man’s teeth
Rich and curious the taste
She feels his suffering
Takes his pain
In exchange for answers
Gentle and undeceiving
His lingering soul
Whispers of things
Unknown to the living
The suckling of beasts
Footprints of gods
The perishing sun
Flesh houses
Good and evil
As one
This kiss
So putrid
Exposes truth
Coffee and nicotine
Booze and narcotics
It is all relative
To each their own
Vices like crosses
To bear
Television lies
Ambient background noise
To break the monotony
Of silence
Another cup of Mellow Joy
Another cigarette
Another drink
Another joint
Tired of the noise
On to music testimonials
Soothing to the soul
Ones and zeros
My mind at battle
Sword on sword again
Thoughts like arrows
Cut the air
Many a man fell
Lost like memories
A clever tactic
Far away now
Flying high
Half of life a dream
Let consumption
Gnaw me inside
Numbing my woes
With crosses
A self proclaimed “Madman Philosopher,” James D. Casey IV is a published author of three volumes of poetry. Mr. Casey’s writings have been published in print and online several times as well. His work has been featured in places like Triadæ Magazine, Pink Litter, In Between Hangovers, Indiana Voice Journal, Poetry Breakfast, Beatnik Cowboy, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, Whispers, Your One Phone Call, I am not a Silent Poet, Tuck Magazine, Outlaw Poetry, PoeTree, Story Mirror, Stanzaic Stylings, Spillwords, Micropoetry, Leaves of Ink, Poetry Life & Times, and Realistic Poetry International. 

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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