juli and the yella dove

juli found the devil at the end of a line   —
cocaine was the thrill ‘til she took her spill
and jon ran off to ‘bama or some damn place
south of mason-dixon and her idea
of sanity.          as he often does, the devil
led juli first to hell and then to jesus.
she comes around a couple times a year
just to tell us about her salvation
and to share her good news over mixed drinks,
against which her conscience holds no bars nor
morals,     and everyone tolerates her because   —
well,   we’re tolerant drinkers   —   but it’s more
about the sincerity she always had,
and because jesus or no she’s one of us.

david m pitchford
9 May 2012


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