A Friendly Conclusion

Josh Fisher

 

child of divorce

sorry son of a sorrowful marriage

left to wander the subterraneans

 

finds his rope of emerald sand:

grains fall onto a flowering bud gathering in horticultural haven

 

Marijuana, medicine of the mind

 

(Puff)

says protagonist of little presence

 

slowly he sinks into pools of depressants

accepting rank: underage user

 

father: Sherlock Holmes

discovers son’s dangerous discourse

 

mother: 1943 Germany

attacks son: London

 

bludgeoning him with bombs of innocent insults

insulating irreversible gashes of parental punishments

 

scared of succumbing to erogenous pushers under probationary period

his secret tears fall from bloodshot eyes

 

no man can be held for long

reaching for known narcotic neophytes

he delves into drug slinging to survive suburban straits

 

(Puff)

 

inflation is irrelevant as he hurts those he loves

calling them capitalistic casualties

 

friendless not penniless he escapes

to our neighbor in the north, maple-leaf paradise:

smoker’s dream

 

(Puff)

 

respiratory system shocked

mind accepts arrogance, becomes sloppy

 

a father roars paternal rage

as his diploma seems dangerously departed

 

to home he heads

penniless not friendless

 

enslaved to a manic mother’s morose molestations

of his pristine privacy

 

underneath dumb eyes warring provincial towns:

dependence and freedom fight for dominance

 

freedom attacks first, hits

using tools from the past:

pushing mental pain subsidies

 

(Puff)

 

his name grows in subterranean light

as coveted plant profits successfully soar

 

parents strive to be parental but omniscience is overrated

causing familial strife to suffocate clandestine connections

 

days descend like drops as summer ends

family falls, academia approaches

 

he turns to me and says

I’m never coming back

 

(puff)

 

I nod

I’m changing my last name

 

(puff)

 

I told him it sounded artistic

hoped his next 20 years

would be better

 

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