I've Been a Slave

Thomas W Case

I've been a slave so many
I've been a slave to
booze and vaginas,
to poverty and the streets.
I've been a slave to opiates
and poetry
brutality and love.

I've been a slave to
the flesh and my addictions,
good intentions galore.
I've been a slave to
beauty and hatred,
passion and desire
the flame
and the
fiery dance with death.
I've been a slave to the
crowd and the pedestal
the morning glory women, and
their spells.
I've been a slave on
the slow ride to hell.

So for the last time,
I'm done with slavery.
Go find a new cock to control.
This rooster is going back to
the barnyard,
chase the horses and hens.
I promise
I will crow at the
freedom-soaked dawn.

  • Author: Thomas W Case (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 17th, 2024 01:26
  • Comment from author about the poem: Check out my book, Seedy Town Blues Collected Poems on Amazon.com
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  • Introverted Sage


  • Goldfinch60

    May that freedom fill you with happiness Thomas.


  • 2781

    If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

    • Thomas W Case

      That is right. Thanks for the read.

    • Neville

      We have all been there .. some of us more than others ..

      and by the way, this is more Bukowski than Bukowski 10/10 ..


    • Bobby O


      • Thomas W Case

        Yes indeed. Thanks, Bobby.

      • Teddy.15

        This is wonderful in wisdom metaphor and of course imagery. 🌹

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