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You Cannot Be Free

By Wayne Jackson 1950-1989

You cannot be free
of demons
they say.
To be free of them you
must be dead

as sticks
as shit

and the star comes out again

I tilt my head back
at the ceiling
The reflected light
from the pool outside
form shadows
that flicker and turn

I smoke
cigarette after cigarette
and yearn and yearn
I pick a twisted fruit

The sun shines through
the bare
bare trees

Copyright © 1997 by Donald Wayne Jackson, All rights reserved

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