the medallion…poem 11

lookin’ at an ambulance speedin’ down a highway…sirens on…goin’ fast…very fast and i can see the EMT workin’ at keeping the body alive…oxygen is given…some iv’s placed in arms…and i see the driver…cursing at cars… trucks that won’t get out of his way…dodgin’ and swervin’…dodgin’ and swervin’…

i saw bars where the old man used to hang out in till wee hours of the mornin’…drinkin’ and carousin’ with women of all kinds…blondes…redheads…never flirted with the black chicks…never did…he always stuck to his own kind…those were his instructions…stick to your own kind…

the ambulance drove past the church where the family went on Sundays…the old man and his wife in middle pews while the kids gotta’ Sunday school education…lessons ’bout Noah…Jacob…Adam and Eve…how God punished the wicked and was pleased with the good…

and as i watched the ambulance goin’ down the highway…i couldn’t determine if i was good or bad…whether it was wrong of me to think the way i did…or just a phase i was goin’ through…some weird phase where all seemed dark and dreary…not like when i was a kid…all was right with the world…never thought of doin’ myself in back then…

there was this body hoverin’ over the ambulance…floating in mid-air…laid out straight onna’ cloud…the EMTwas workin’ frantically to bring him back down into safety…and the body was resistin’…didn’t want to go back to earth…just wanted to float…just wanted to float…

but God said it wasn’t his time…wasn’t his time…said he was a fool for openin’ that bottle of pills and downin’ ’em…God told him to go on back to the world…he’d come get him some other time…some other time…

so the ghost went back into the body…back to the toils of bein’ alive…but for a brief moment…a brief moment… he was on his way…he was on his way…

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