Daniel Ames





Daniel Ames

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“she said, when I wear these boots no one fucks with me
when I tie my past like a scarf around my throat
I can freeze the blood
of every naive and unabashed up-and-comer
when I slide on my desire like glowing black stockings
I can make the uninitiated beg
for the feel of raw and stinging wood
and when I slip my angry black leather belt
from its rusty hook
the ambitious and guileless cower
like a thousand condemned souls
when I close my fist, my rings golden
with a youth well spent
the warriors of Gilead surrender
with a breathless whimper
and when my shoulders
feel the rough comfort of my serape woven with the fibers
of a fierce and relentless vengeance
you will soon realize
these are not my clothes after all, she says,
they are warning signs”
Daniel Ames

“she whispers into my truculence
and I succumb to that thing called faith
that blind old hag who left her brothers and sisters
under the overpass

she strokes her way into my soul
a divining rod slips from the heavens
a greasy old senior citizen
with stale coffee breath
and a proverb for any situation

she recounts the transgressions from a lifetime ago
with a glassine vision
the images move in a circular sway,
dashing from light to dark
truisms to falsehoods

this is a woman, my friend,
with whom you can ride the river
and gaze at the mountain

this is a woman
with a heart fired by the very furnace of Hell
yet beats with the sonnets of God”
Daniel Ames, Feasting at the Table of the Damned

“the squirrels don't eat them because
underripe peppers are much hotter
mild only at the end of the growing season

occasionally, you'll see one with little bite marks
where an inexperienced scavenger thought
he'd hit the jackpot

you've got marks like those
where someone thought they could
take a bite

but when their mouths caught fire
they understood
they weren't ready for you”
Daniel Ames, Feasting at the Table of the Damned



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