Shakedown Street by Mike Zone (deadhead poems)

Shakedown Street

Was it worth the trip?
arriving at Terrapin Station
searching for guidance 
among the boney faces
from the haven you started from
everyone thought Joe Shakedown was a good old man
coming on up from the street
headshop in bloom
peace, love, kindness
groovy bears
cosmic skeletons
all ghost dancing around
no one knew about the iron cross
the badge he wore
underneath the rest
when the people cried “Justice”
he cried “Treason”
when they demanded answers
he demanded punishment
love that black market
don’t you Joe Shakedown?
don’t dig those taxes 
but you’ll take our money
be it consumption
or state sanctioned
we see you, Joe
the tower
up north
you brag about
where you take strippers
and questionably underage girls
didn’t you plan to abduct someone once?
“Reeducate her. Ply her with alcohol, good drugs and gifts, she’ll change her mind about the dark meat..”
yeah, you sold the business
“Jerry Garcia was a junkie.”
there’s a big difference between smack and what you’re addicted to…
renovating a white building with a big black cross
love the silver medallion
that’s the virgin mary, right?
trading in the tie-dye shirt
for a leather jacket 
coupled with a black and yellow polo
what a proud 50-year-old boy you are
hey, Joe
where you going with that gun of yours?


Mike Zone is the Editor in Chief of Dumpster Fire Press, the author of  Shedding Dark Places (almost), One Hell of a Muse, A Farewell to Big Ideas and Void Beneath the Skin, as well as coauthor of The Grind.  frequent contributor to Alien Buddha Press and Mad Swirl. His work has been featured in: Horror Sleaze Trash, Better Than Starbucks, Piker Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Synchronized Chaos, Outlaw Poetry and Cult Culture magazine. 

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By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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