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Chicagoetry: Ten Angels Too Many

Ten Angels Too Many

I am not
A man of faith
But I pray

Like Hell.
Sauganash himself was like:
"I play de fiddle

Like de Devil
And I run a hotel
Like Hell."

I pray because
It makes me feel better,
It makes me feel

Like eating good, cold, forbidden plums.
I am not

A man of faith!
I am a man
Of pure self-interest, fellas.

I moved to West Town
In the late '80s.

Rent was cheap
And beer was cold.
My landlord clearly

Cut corners.
I accepted it as
The cost

Of doing business.
I was a grown man,
Not a teenager.

Today I aspire
To write a poem
Where I have no clue

What to say,
(this is Williams)
I have

No clue
What to say.

But I know this: today
There are ten angels
Too many.

And it needs
To stop.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


More Tindall:

* Chicagoetry: The Book

* Ready To Rock: The Music

* The Viral Video: The Match Game Dance


Posted on August 28, 2018

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