The laces of his ribs caged
A heart blue as a robin�s egg
Abandoned like a boat half full of water
Kept from sinking by its tether to the harbor

Like a willow spilling downward
Or a hand to holy water
His back bent like a reed against the storm.
He shrank until he wasn�t there at all.

Tell us what you saw, John
Drinking wormwood water from a brandy glass
Oh, John, won�t you tell us what you saw

I saw a beast with bright red eyes
Eyes as bright as a liquor store sign
I saw a beast, tall and wide
Tall and wide as the water tower�s high
I swear… I swear that�s what I saw

His tired eyes had narrowed
Sullen, sunken, lined in shadow
Like a flower bending to a setting sun
John wondered if his time had finally come

His kudzu veins had hardened
Ever since the drinking started
His life had been a quiet passing storm
John sought to leave his mark upon the world

Tell us what you saw, John
Clutching a pen in your trembling hand
Oh, John, won�t you tell us what you saw

I saw a beast with seven heads
A head for every emperor of Rome
I saw a beast with a crown of horns
A crown of horns and a chandelier of jaws
I swear… I swear that�s what I saw


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