“Felon” by Jamie Cavanagh


how that moment of succumbing
that moment of vein's hunger
makes one forever
pariah

a vengeful god
is in this
smallness

a tremor in the touch
a darkness in every dawn
a label tattooed on the brow

how that one taste of the forbidden
that one bite
brings another

how that moment of saying no
to the voice that says
all but this
leads to banishment eternal

how that one moment
of no moral wrong
earns a spot
ringed with stone
for the feeble mourners
to gather round
to shake their heads and say

what a waste