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When Jimmy Jeffcoat’s meth lab blew,
me and Tiny Wade was smoking a joint
back behind outside the Stop and Go.
Boom. One blast. BOOM. Tiny jumped
about a foot and a half, like a bullet or bigger
was headed his way. “Got damn, what was that?”
I told him I reckoned a transformer blew,
or maybe a sonic boom? but then we heard a siren’s
whoop-whoop and knew that something bad was up.
“For sure, it ain’t no Islamic terrorist,” I joked.
“Ain’t nothing in this shitty skank ass town
worth the trouble of blowing up.”
* * *
We still ain’t recovered from that tornado
two years ago. The kids gone off to college
ain’t never coming back. Tallahassee, Orlando,
Atlanta, they got movie theaters and restaurants.
Their parks ain’t littered with them empty canisters
the teens been huffing on all night long.
* * *
I hear they hauled Jimmy down to Duval County.
He lost his dog and parrot, both burnt to a crisp,
that parrot that perched and shat on Jimmy’s shoulder,
like Jimmy was some long lost landlocked pirate.
“Arrggh,” Jimmy’d growl,” and the parrot’d go
“Arrggh” over and over. I swunny it got old.
I suspect Jimmy ain’t laughing right now,
and I know for sure the parrot ain’t,
and that dog won’t keep me up ever again
barking his chained-up ass off all night long.
Yep, the sun comes up, and the sun goes down,
and now there’s one less loser in this po-dunk town.