Dead Fingers

by Stephen Paden

Devil’s tongue
In my mouth
Dead words
On deck
Blood red figures
Broken, dancing on embers
Dead words
On dead lips
Broken by reason
Failure to produce
Reason on lips
Of youth
Trying hard
To broker
Legitimacy
Over fire
Embers of reason
All gone
No substance
No time
For those
Who blame love
On dead fingers

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