When Classmates Die
We think your life was spent
environed by thugs, roses, dogs, fried chicken,
jackasses, mashed potatoes, violence, and buzzards---
all ill-intended to bend your mind,
twisting and breaking off your goals.
Cold, the world-womb, bleeding quick, pregnant
trash-grown ideogasms the young and gifted
are fed daily by the crazy and the dead.
Jerry W. Ward, Jr. July 21, 2015