Joshua Otey

Rookie (July 31,1981 / Pittsburgh PA)

A Tiny Cherub - Poem by Joshua Otey

God’s chariot had a tiny cherub driving
And he had broken wings so that meant no chance of flying
Falling, time stalling into stage of euphoria
His last vision of life had to be filled with war and love
A past image of lips that he was once pressed against
And pretty eyelashes fluttering like butterflies beautiful wings
There’s a symphony in his head but it plays a score of sorrow
And laughter and love and the knowing of no tomorrow
Happy thoughts, happy things, if it’s worth remembering
“I’m in a happy place, let me be calm, let me sing”

I’m gonna ride on into the light
But I don’t know what I’ll find

Playgrounds of children
Stay sound asleep we’ll make it
Through the gates no matter what awaits us
We’ll make it
Playgrounds of children
Stay sound asleep we’ll make it
Through the gates no matter what awaits us
We can take it

Glow on halo, there’s no more nails in my wrists
Only a rotten crucifix holding up my thorn less flesh
Forgotten apples that the maidens must’ve broken apart
And some fallen apples that these creatures must’ve been choking on
Noah’s marionettes are just Walt Disney Muppets
Cute little pussies and puppies, hands up the asses of puppets
Whatever keeps the existence of a smiling face?
Does it matter, we live with the word, “ANNIHILATE”

Annihilation, someday they’ll dig up our remains
Annihilation, we’ll be in a museum, a human exhibit behind some glass cage
Extinction, you won’t recognize us from our teeth
Extinction, who cares who follows?
Just hope they never have to have this speech

Victory murder and mass destruction
Did we push the bar far enough passed corruption?
Victory murder and mass destruction
Did we push the bar far enough passed corruption?

If we build it (it will fall) can we help it? (Let it go)

Put your hands together
I wanna hear the loudest crack
We finally unite
Look what we’ve done to get to that

(this was written about a soldier in war. and the last thoughts that passed through his head. and his thoughts on humanity)


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 3, 2008



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