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i can smell blood
in the rain
the night it’s like
razor blades
over the brain
filled with crime
boarded up
turned deadbolts
ignorant assholes
filled with
teeth knocked loose
disgusting sex &
looks that tell you
i wonder if
restoring beauty is
even worth it
even the wild sounds
are dead
filled with
worry & fear
the beat &
the broken
american backsides
scored in the streets
the clothes lines
have been cut
the children are fed
ritalin & adderall
the drunks
the punks
the fuckos & junkos
are tearing through
the homes
scraping & lapping up
the remains
i see all this from my
second story window
on the northwest side
of the city
wishing for the sun
i told you
the end would come
right when
my poetry books
were beginning to
be read
right when
the burning started
and the city
fucking hell.

Eric David Lough ©

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Eric David Lough is a Photographer, Abstract Expressionist, Steampunk Artist and Poet. You can purchase his poetry books at or You can purchase his artwork on or his Squareup Market or by emailing him or at his next art show!

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  • Rex Inkpen
    Rex Inkpenover 2 years ago

    Wonderful acerbic, full of pathos and bloody scary

  • cheers Inkpen! have a good days write. E.D.L

    – Eric David Lough

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 2 years ago

  • B.C. Beck
    B.C. Beckover 2 years ago

    I love the very real and gritty subject matter of your poems. So refreshing to read someone writing it how it is.

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