Fat Man is Like Burning Skin


-Italicized lines taken from “Detroit Moi” by Al Young.

Across their faces blemished a sickened smile
This was life down heavily on the side of live
Entertainment. Biting into the fleshy meat,
Juices of fat roll down their overly large chins,
And from their pulsating lips emerge,
“Oh Lady Be Good. And the Lady of Our Profit was good.”

The emigre who danced or listened hard to dreams escaped
Could only wait to say
“The fix was in. To hell with all the wild pigs out there…”
Life never goes planned to any according way.
And there she was, the feast,
For the fat men burning skin.

Their cries mimicked one another,
Eyes all longing for the same.
Lights filled the center.
Smoke thickened the air,
Jazz plunked around.

Those were voracious nights.
They return in dreams, in daydreams, in the ways they walk,
Crowding around like pigs at the trough,
Waving their healthy dollar bills,
To sufficiently sate
Their succulent desires.

Bills, which silently slid
All down between the cracks, all up and down, the earth was bled,
Until not a nickel was left.
But that did not in the slightest matter,
For each man had their manner.
One after another they’d come for them, the same.

(c) Bret Sears – 2010

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About poetryoftheasian

I've been writting poetry for only a few years as a little hobby, and have had a few published in a small poetry contest. I currently want to write more and improve as much as I can. Any tips or feedback would be much appreciated. It is possible that after a few weeks I will revise parts of some of my poems.
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31 Responses to Fat Man is Like Burning Skin

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  3. Jingle says:

    Thanks for coming in….

    vivid capture of your subject…

    lovely piece….have fun visiting…

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  5. Lisa says:

    You definitely got the imagery and flow. It was seamless!

  6. Stunning metaphors…the poem really engaged my imagination. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. danroberson says:

    Worth a few more looks. Great imagery and metaphors. thank you for sharing.

  10. The imageryy of the scene is amazing, the poem came to life for all the senses.
    The Lonely Recluse.

  11. Kim Nelson says:

    I read this twice, then twice again, to digest the meat of it. Excellent.

  12. yelena m. says:

    Wow, this poem is a treat…A delight to read and imagine. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  13. This poem brings up sharp images with great flow. Interesting read!

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    Nice 1 ..
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    A Poetry for the Nation ..

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  15. Rajlakshmi says:

    loved how you have mixed your thoughts with the song
    beautiful imagery.

  16. uma.a says:

    Beautiful poem…enjoyed it!

  17. Scent of my heart says:

    Interesting and very creative your writing! “Life never goes planned to any according way.” …so true … Keep the writing going!

  18. iBeingMe says:

    Excellent Piece.. Loved it completely 🙂

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