November 08, 2007


You've got the face of a failure and your mistakes
run through the cracks around your eyes
and play in the valleys of your forehead.

The chimney runs up through the center of the house.
In an earlier day it was how we had heat.
A fire below, a pillar of heat rising up
and the whole family could keep warm.

The foundation is settling. You feel saggy
in all the wrong places. Those
people you've surrounded yourself with-

They can't do a thing to help you and God
knows you can't help yourself.
The chimney runs up through the center and
you've got failure written all over your face.


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