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Crazy J:
A Poem Inspired By Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology

Thursday, March 15, 2001


Shunned by my peers,
Locked out of their hearts,
Forced to live in the streets.
In filth and mud and sweat,
I reigned in my own kingdom
Of anarchy and illusions.
I would sing my songs
And pray to my gods,
And no one seemed to care.
Still, they thought to themselves,
"What a carefree life,
He can do whatever he wants."
But what they didn't know
Was that I was trapped
In a body that wasn't my own.
I couldn't control
The things that I did.
I had no explanations.
So I gave up my life
In hopes for a better one;
But I was wrong.

Crazy J 2001