sicker than you average

i’m not the average guy, not that mean
middling with hints of some “other thing”
not even
teeth not even
beard barely breaking the skin
(short and off my past hope
the pope
turned pastor, livid with the spirit
living with a weakness
but a full beard– that’s my daddy)

the most interesting thing could be
my thirty year old skin
a thirteen year old face still facing
the consequences of not listening
still frowning because mommy said “no”
bout something 
an odd curiosity too luminous to breathe
but easy to walk away from 

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