Poetry from James D. Casey

Screaming from a Secret Oubliette
 
In my heart, there’s a spark that screams out to the child in me. In my dreams he’s alive. In reality, he died a hero. In a battle to save my soul.
 
My tired third eye screams for peace of mind. Mind over matter isn’t easily achieved in doubt. Doubt is hard to overcome in sadness. Sadness is hard to wash away when Happiness is a state of mind. 
 
Pale white bones. Pale white horse. Pale white clouds. Pale white snow. Pale white ghost in pale white clothes in a pale white room. All mixed up in black days turning a pale shade of grey like the ashes of bones, but bones are the hardest offerings to burn.
 
That ghost is the child in me. Screaming back at my heart from a place so deep there’s no way out. A secret oubliette built long ago by my own hands. Betrayed by the very soul he tried to save. So it goes. The battle rages on.
 
 
Jack Shit
keep the secret
hear the call
of fear
behind wasted
days
cigarettes &
strong coffee
can’t fix it
but
sometimes
they help
they listen
more so
when Old
No.7
joins the
conversation
especially
if the
only
thing you
have control of
is the title
of this poem
Portrayed State of Delirium
the dream body
exists apart from
the physical
one trick
to control them
is to see
yourself
for dreams
have only one owner
at a time
change the world
in a dream
change in reality
will follow
deeper the dream
longer the sleep
darker the night
brighter the stars
in a portrayed
state of
delirium
awake
asleep
James D. Casey IV is a southern poet with roots in Louisiana & Mississippi. He currently resides in Illinois with his Beautiful Muse, their retarded dog, and two black cats. Mr. Casey has authored six books of poetry, and his most recent title is Death & Love/Love & Death released October 13th through Cajun Mutt Press. His work has also been published extensively by literary magazines and small press venues including Medusa’s Kitchen, Outlaw Poetry, Beatnik Cowboy, Triadæ Magazine, The Rye Whiskey Review, Dope Fiend Daily, Under The Bleachers, Zombie Logic Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, Pink Litter, In Between Hangovers, Tuck Magazine, and several others internationally. James mainly spends his days writing poetry, but also enjoys practicing magick and cooking Cajun cuisine. 
Links to his books and other projects can be found here: https://cajunpoetjames.wordpress.com/