The Heavy Metal Poet Works a Day Job – By: Bill Cleary

Blast beats of the sort that few will hear.

Operate that machinery.

The beep of the long tail.

Observe with all your might.

Riffage of that time clock.

Twin guitar in the lower register.

Those evil chords at the start of the workday.

Chug chug chug.

Corpse paint at the 15 minute break

Paid for by the company.

Non union binary bass runs.

Forced exposure and forced overtime.

Shriek high, bellow the demon voice.

Clock out.


About the author: Bill Cleary is a former librarian from eastern Ohio and one of the organizers of the James Wright Festival that was held in the spring in Wright’s hometown of Martins Ferry, Ohio.

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