it was forty years ago today

by syndax vuzz

it was forty years ago today
at the age of somethin’ teen
when i pawned my soul to the devil
while knowin’ the numbers
but not calculatin’ the cost
of a thousand percent interest
compounded hourly

it seems
i’ve had to pay a poet’s price
one wasted life
one human sacrifice
one roll of the dice
good fortune was never my forte

add to that
the stolen days
of sunlight and pain
lands green and mountains golden
both lush and barren
endless ocean and infinite sky

all anchored to a spinnin’ Earth
hurtlin’ through
god’s graceful dimension

my credit shot

creating an accelerating intensity
of mysterious minutes
all mine
by divine right and
manifest destiny
gaining the next hour
through eminent domain