“And if the Devil is 6”

penny

After clearing placenta
(rose colored lens
obliterated)an infant
Is accosted.
The first human responsibility
Endorses phenomenon
As death. “To philosophize
Is to learn how to die.”

Wisdom begins
From an onslaught
Of open-handed love taps.
Thus
The human responsibility
Belongs to toes
Greeting Mississippi’s tide
At small hours. Finding amber
Obscured by muffler clouds,
And the street lights
Continue their hum,
While we contemplate
Sleeping graves. Buried
Where toes
Find humanity.

Mortals won’t save the penny,
Or their lives. But they’ll spend the penny,
And their lives.

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