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Tattoo of a Broken Heart

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Tattoo of a Broken Heart

It’s raining in the corner
Stripes upon the floor
Bloody knife in a barroom door
Drinking whiskey
From a hollowed out gourd
Full of wasps
That rage in my core
Old man Mason
Got a smile upon his face
He knows the fire
And now I got a taste
Can’t stand up
Can’t lie down
Spinning room 
Going round and round
Lipstick so red and thick
Devils eyes are on my hip
Right hand of the devil
Is a handgun son
I’m shooting dice
I’m shooting everyone
Woke up in a Philippine jail
I’ll sail for Hong Kong
Once I make my bail
They’ll never find me
The only evidence to tell 
Is a tattoo of a broken heart
And a rusty nail

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  1. Date: 9/19/2013 5:52:00 PM
    We all have broken hearts. Some of us were them on our shoulder. Other tend to forget. But they all leave a story none of us forget. Kilmer

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 2:20:00 PM
    congratulations Stephen, ............ luv ~SKAT~

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/19/2013 5:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Luv you too SKAT~
  1. Date: 9/18/2013 2:55:00 AM
    Big congrats on your second place win Stephen!!!

  1. Date: 9/14/2013 4:07:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in P.D.'s conest.

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/14/2013 4:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Richard. ~Kilmer
  1. Date: 9/14/2013 1:54:00 PM
    congrats on a lovely poem and win Shadow x smile

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/14/2013 4:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Shadow. ~Kilmer
  1. Date: 9/14/2013 8:49:00 AM
    Congratulations !... I loved the last three lines..incredible poem and perfect imagery.

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/14/2013 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Bidhu. I appreciate the kind words. ~Kilmer
  1. Date: 9/13/2013 3:21:00 PM
    Congratulations! Perfect Title, Perfect Verse...absolutely. Your win is well deserved :)

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/14/2013 2:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you! ~Kilmer
  1. Date: 9/13/2013 8:48:00 AM
    Stephen, , stopping by with hugs & smiles:-) xox (-: CONGRATULATIONS :) on your win. Enjoy my blog "You know where my heart is" when you have time. http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_blogs/blog_detail.aspx?BlogID=15906&PoetID=18720 Always & Forever xox-Linda-xox

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/13/2013 9:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you! I appreciate your vote of confidence. Cheers! ~Kilmer
  1. Date: 9/13/2013 8:34:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning in the contest, Stephen

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/13/2013 9:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you kind sir.
  1. Date: 9/9/2013 4:32:00 AM
    it is evident that you have not just amazed me with this particular composition. I am surprised at what pops into your head and just how eloquently you describe it all. I hope you had fun writing this as much as I had fun reading it. Cool imagery. Always, Laura

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/11/2013 9:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It was fun to write and I thank you for your too kind comments. What's crazy is I have lived most of this outrageous image. The devil inside is always trying to escape. ~Kilmer
  1. Date: 8/29/2013 7:44:00 PM
    Hi there, just saw your poem on the Top 100 Recent list... congratulations. That makes one for each of us :)

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 9/19/2013 5:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    in parallel. how random. like miami pools in the swamp
    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/29/2013 7:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry I was caught up in the moment. Congrats to you as well! Kilmer
    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/29/2013 7:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow. I didn't realize that. Thanks for letting me know. In some third world country I am sure I am a God. :) just kidding. what an honor. ~kilmer
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 8:59:00 AM
    Brilliant write,,, you nailed this one,,,for real!!!....it happened the best & worse comes out sometimes:( you have a great sense of capturing, those fine little details, old man mason lol.....wasps, lipstick, devils eyes on hips. Love every word and yeah, definitely a favorite:0) Cheriex

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/27/2013 6:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    As you can tell I have had a bit of experience with alcohol abuse and it's gotten me into some sticky situations. Some of them funny some of them not so much. Thanks for the great review it means a lot to me coming from a veteran poet as you. Love hearing from you!~Kilmer
  1. Date: 8/25/2013 9:35:00 AM
    Drunken frenzy, out of control, shooting up the place, going to jail. So many telling things come from tattoos. Your style of art imitates life so well :)

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/25/2013 10:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Karen! Never thought of it as art. quite a compliment. thank you so much!~Kilmer :0)
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 8:27:00 PM
    love this. i thought this was about getting tattooed (until i read your reply about liquor) either way, it sure applies. adding as a favorite! ~lori

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/25/2013 10:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Liquor and tattoos seem to go together in my mind. :) Glad you liked and thanks for reading my work.~Kilmer
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 5:09:00 PM
    a new fav on my list.... SKAT

  1. Date: 8/24/2013 5:09:00 PM
    Stephen, wow! wow! This reminds me of a poem I wrote back in the day. Called "DEVIL'S HIDDEN RANCH" http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=241303 in case you want to read the poem :-)~ It's about a man who murdered his wife, after he caught her cheating. The scenario is different. However it cries with demons! Okay Back To You. Thanks for the epic and tragic imagery. loving the poem. ~SKAT~

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/24/2013 5:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes I can see the parallels. Tequila or bourbon it's all about the same. I was thinking about how evil liquor is and the stupid things it makes you do. And then how easy society makes it to escape the evil because it is legal. Maybe I thought about it too much. Kilmer