Justin Tallman

Rookie (September 4th,1989 / Milwaukee, WI)

Even The Jester Cries


The blank page
the terror
the slap of doubt
that tingle
which runs
down your spine
in the form of
remembering
that really
you were never
actually worth shit

Yes
It is that laughter
hysteria
ringing a rhythm
ha ha ha
tapping the drum
of your ears

It's like watching
the black man
act white
or the white
sagging pants
waddle down the hood
in the Jordans he bought
with suburban cash
weekly allowance
'thank you mother'

This is you
stern
with something to say
before a crowd
piercing eyes staring
with the intensity
of the pounding judgement
of a gavel
laughing at the goof ball
on stage
and wondering
pondering
why you're not dressed
flashy jester attire
dunce hat
silly

But what about your eyes?
Staring at the humanoid
body of flesh
reflected
in the bathroom mirror
which stares back
at your consciousness
and asks
'Am I more
than skin and bones? '

Well,
Are you?

Submitted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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