Visions of Louis
Mack walked down the empty street
beneath streetlights casting a yellow pale,
which about described his mood too.
No, he was not one bit happy about coming
to this certain reckoning with Jake,
who had been given fair warning.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Mack,
Maggie was waiting for him with Jake.
Half-way down the long two blocks,
Mack began shaking his head from side to side,
as if trying to shoo the flies
away. He could not believe what he
thought he saw as he heard himself
call out, “Louis what are you doing
here brother?” Was he real?
Louis’s words from his last preach
filled the dank air, “we all share
a common ancestry, a holiness
that cannot be denied.”
Mack shook his head again.
Nobody was there. The last thing he needed right now
was an infernal moral crisis,
he came here to do what he had to.
Their shadows were coming closer
to him now.
©Paul Goldman April 13, 2022
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