Junior: A Novel from the Mind of Erozeno

Junior: A Novel from the Mind of Erozeno
Available 2017

LOVE AND HOPE AND SCARY DREAMS I

I walked through the valley of darkness; the place where I lost my soul. I tried in vain to find a path to the light.

I saw a pair of headlights shining in the distance. I smelled burning metal and flesh.

The headlights became brighter as they steadily approached.

A burning car stopped within a few feet of me. My father was behind the wheel of Mustang Sally.

He got out of the car, and left the engine running. It was too dark to recognize his passenger.

A Mickey Newbury song blared from the car’s stereo speakers.

“…I tripped on a cloud and fell eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky…”

My father approached me. I reached to hug him but he resisted, saluting me. Half of his right arm was missing. The remainder of his sleeve swung limp and impotent.

His chest was full of medals. He wore a necklace of human ears from the victims he killed in Vietnam. Each pair of ears was a confirmed kill; my father’s souvenir from the war.

“I’m sorry son,” he said. “Sorry to leave you and your mother. But duty called, and a man must answer.”

My mother had been pregnant with me when my father was sent to Vietnam.

“Let me tell you,” he continued. “Vietnam is a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

“How about die there?” I joked.

He stared at me.

Some people can tell them and some people can’t.

“…I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in. I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in…”

Junior: A Novel from the Mind of Erozeno

© 2016, Erozeno

Artwork / Photography © 2016, Erozeno

 

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Prism of Shadows

erozeno, poetry, spoken word poetry, Prism of Shadows

Prism of Shadows

The American Dream became a nightmare              

I lost my soul to the darkness

I struggled to get it back

I had seen the Light, it had not seen me

40 days & 40 nights, I drove the back-roads

with Lightnin’ & the Wolf

True believers on a lost highway

200 miles per hour in the passing lane

one foot on the gas and one on the brake

We flew through gaps in the raindrops

A race from reality, a surge to the light

through the prism of shadows

The wrong decision for the right reason

The signs along the roadside read:

      Freedom Isn’t Free

     Obey Your Corporate Masters

     Who’s Watching Big Brother?

     There are Liars, Damn Liars, and Politicians

     Wal-Mart™ Died for Your Sins

     Beware of Dogma

     The Meek Shall Inherit $hit

     Nothing to Hide = Everything to Lose

     The Protector Has Become the Enemy

     It Takes a Village to Raze a Village

     There’s No Crime Like a War Crime

     The Revolution Will Be Televised

     …and Injustice for All!

Erozeno, Spoken word poetry, poetry, avant garde poet

South of Eden, I stopped for the Sorceress

An electric raven-haired enchantress

with a heart of passion and apocalyptic fire in her veins

Her glistening eyes illuminated the twilight

Daughter of Eros, disciple of Sappho

She exerted dominion over the serpent

She broke the protracted silence

as she leaned to me and whispered in my ear:

     To inherit the earth, one must pay the Devil his due

     You evade the Devil’s herd

     the dead-end trail that knows no end

     You flee the rivers which flow

     with the blood of the damned

     Where Satan’s noose tightens each day

     and everyone has a rendezvous with death

     There is no turning back

     there is no escape

     Stay the course

     seek first the shadows

     Find the light through the prism of shadows

© 2014, Erozeno