Sonny Liston

so sorry
sonny

tears
ended
water's night

they coroner
heard only seas
come from skull

from times
you spent
on bench
gazing
out at
ocean

to find peace

you found
no peace
at all

sonny
far from saint
hoods

but then
all hoods
of saints

augustine stole
& other
committed crimes
transformed in scripture

so
only sonny
sinned
welts
scars
crossing back true
cross

sonny liston
a man
is a man

sonnt
i'm sorry
you were met
by savages
in silk suits
who helped
put hot hypodermic
into your arm

so you would
know knot
of sleep's sleep

sorry sonny

hoping
papa legba
took you
by hand handed
you harminica

hum old hymn
or hottific history

tou left

you left
young man

for meridians
where you were
not treated
like

beast

black

magnificent
truly

magnificent
man

know you
trmbled

imagining
endless death

but it came
quicly down veins
direct
to heart

halted you

before left cut
cut cosmos
in half

soul's sweat
song's sleep

Christopher Barnet

Christopher Barnet

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