Broken Dream Gumbo by James Dennis Casey IV

Broken Dream Gumbo

I’m upside down
Flip me over
No wait
Again
I liked it better
The other way
Around
Upside down and
Inside out
In the lost
And found box

All mixed up
Time and time
Again stirring
My own pot
Of broken dream
Gumbo
With someone else’s
Spoon
And vice versa
While talking
To the bird
That lives in
My beard

Passing time
Building wings
Of twigs and leaves
Held together
By the ear wax
Of Ballybogs
That always seem to fail
In one way or another

The guardian angel
And little devil
Sitting on my shoulders
Pass a bottle
Back and forth
Laughing
At my shortcomings
So the clown in me
Steals it
And we all end up
Drunk and naked
Dancing around
A bonfire
Adding ingredients
To the gumbo

James D. Casey IV is a published author of two poetry books, and is working on his third that is expected to be published within the next few months. Mr. Casey’s writings have been published in international e-zine’s and on several websites. Poetry Life & Times, Artvilla, Realistic Poetry International, and Poetry Super Highway have him listed in their poet archives. You can find links to his books, social network profiles, and other projects on his website by clicking here…

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