Jan 142011

by Marty Silverthorne

for J.S.

I’ve been a junkie for 39 years

I’m glad to be a junkie and alive

Tired of the street’s juke and jive

Hair-ron stole most of my life

I got twelve children by two different wives,

pulled most of my time behind bars.

Nothing can hide these needle mark stars,

or the jailhouse tattoos that map these arms,

Mama, I got done on the Tyrell Work Farm;

Jesus was penned at Caledonia.