Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tuff Ole Pirate. by James Dennis Casey IV

I was in Johnny White's
one night, a pirate bar

down in The Big Easy,
when a fight broke out 

and one of the guys 
pulled a blade and sliced

off the other dude's ear. 
Man, I will never forget 

the way he howled like
a rabid wolf, or how it sent

him into a frenzy making
him beat the other guy into

a bloody pulp. But the 
craziest part was seeing 

him a few weeks after it
went down, in White's 

drinking again like nothing
ever happened. His damn

head was all bandaged up
so I asked him how his ear

was healing, and he laughed
then lifted his shirt to

show me another bandage 
on his beer belly. I was 

confused so he pulled it
back and showed  me that

the doctors at the hospital
sewed his ear to his fucking

stomach in an attempt to
save it because it was so

long before he made it to the
E.R. and the nasty floor of

a NOLA pirate bar isn't the 
most sanitary of places. 

They didn't want to take 
a chance of immediately 

reattaching it and gangrene
setting in so close to his 

brain because it would be fatal. 
Then that crazy old barfly 

said that wasn't even the 
worst thing that's ever been

done to him in a bar brawl, 
and by the looks of that tuff

ole pirate, I believed it too.
Always met some crazy people

in that place, and saw some
even crazier shit, I dig it.

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 five books of poetry, and his most recent title is Isomorphic released September 24, 2018, 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, 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. Mr. Casey 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:


Rev.James Dennis Casey IV
Ordained Dudeist Priest at Dudeism, the Church of the Latter-Day Dude

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