filth…

dusty…run your finger ‘cross the top of the table there and see what happens…go on…outlines of books…lamps…framed pictures…cups…the place is filthy…you’ve certainly let things slip old boy…dirty dishes…street salt all over the carpet…an empty bag of chips on the counter…a real mess…yes…a real dump you might say…

well…you’ll have to answer for this…it’s your responsibility to keep things tidy now isn’t it…clothes unfolded…no clean underwear…look at the way you live…blood on a pillowcase…wrinkled sheets…it’s a good thing you’re not allowed guests…

what became of you…she gave you the split and look what became of you…folding chairs…counting loose change…five dollars and eighty-three cents…where’s your next meal coming from…half eaten jar of peanut butter…Saltines…soon it’ll be the bricks for you…can only live this way for so long…

the marriage was miserable…twelve bleedin’ years of misery…constant chores…leaves raked…lawn mowed…Christmas lights put away…and she gave the orders…somebody had to…laying in bed all day reading Bukowski is no way to live…things need to be in place…and take a look at you…shoes strewn…socks without mates…a real puzzle you are…

don’t you want to live a normal life…’round white people for God’s sake…drive a car…pay insurance…clip hedges on Saturday afternoons…church on Sundays…the evangelical experience…that’s what you need…the wicked will be punished…the wicked will be punished…

now look at you…is this your idea of freedom…to sit in the mucky-muck…waiting for what…for what…Jesus isn’t coming back for the likes of you…no siree Bob…he’s coming back to gather respectable people…doctors…lawyers…salesmen…folks who have done something with their lives…made a mark…those with some discipline…not you boy…not you…

dusty…run your finger ‘cross the top of the table there and see what happens…

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