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Firecracker

Firecracker

A Poem by duff
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West Texas and it’s Fourth of July

Scorpion roadkill baking in the sun

A Marlboro Red recollection crime

Little girl became darlin' for his fun

Silhouette standing in the doorway

Long sleeves and triple digit heat   

Busted up lip split like the highway

Chasing dragons at the age of 16

Bus stop bought a ticket to Austin

Boogeyman here turn out the light

A tumbleweed blowing in the wind    

Loaded .45 killed daddy that night

© 2020 duff


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This tumble of gut-wrenching history tumbles forth in much the same way as when we watch a very troubled young person act out in heart-wrenching ways. Likely we don't know this troubled person's history, but we're left guessing at it . . . & it sounds something like this poem, what we imagine. The tumbling-word sensation one gets while reading this is similar to the way troubled signs pour off someone like this, their every mannerism a banner of low self-esteem advertising a long & troubled past. I'm sorry I haven't seen you around lately (I've been sketchy) & then I'm forgetful so I don't look up people I haven't seen in a while. It's really great to read you! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

duff

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Margie! I appreciate you and your insight. I hope you're well and its great to be back i.. read more



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Short and impactful. You have covered a great deal of ground in this sad tale of abuse. It happens everywhere, not just in Texas. Well done duff.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

duff

1 Week Ago

Very sad indeed. Thank you Chris
Many stories in these words my friend. Each statement adding to the strength of the words. I was stationed in Texas for seven years. I still miss highway 35 and Austin. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

duff

1 Week Ago

I lived in Dallas for five years but Austin is so much better. Your kindness is very much appreciate.. read more
“Scorpion roadkill baking in the sun”- what a myriad of images your powerful descriptions evoke! ‘ West Texas and a Marlboro Red recollection crime’- Boom! Your dramatic words tell an ageless story of violence and abuse. Yes, even a tumbleweed fights back sometimes.. Great write!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

duff

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you my friend!
This tumble of gut-wrenching history tumbles forth in much the same way as when we watch a very troubled young person act out in heart-wrenching ways. Likely we don't know this troubled person's history, but we're left guessing at it . . . & it sounds something like this poem, what we imagine. The tumbling-word sensation one gets while reading this is similar to the way troubled signs pour off someone like this, their every mannerism a banner of low self-esteem advertising a long & troubled past. I'm sorry I haven't seen you around lately (I've been sketchy) & then I'm forgetful so I don't look up people I haven't seen in a while. It's really great to read you! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

duff

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Margie! I appreciate you and your insight. I hope you're well and its great to be back i.. read more
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Gee
Yep, I concur with the sweet lady below. Very well written

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

duff

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Gee.
Gee

3 Weeks Ago

Pleasure :)
wow - love this.

I like the tightly written style

The story within here could be a novel

You have a way of make images scream. Nice one.

Second line brings everything to a halt.

Inspiring - well done !!!



Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

duff

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your kindness. I'm happy you enjoyed it!

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