Charles Darnell

(01/19/1950 / St Martinsville, Louisiana)

Neon Bible -For John Kennedy Toole


There in the tawdry glow of a corner lamp,
In the piss pools dripping into gutters
Outside the dim and dreary bars,
The pages waltzing around alleyways,
Rejected and shelved,
They would not stay still.
Words dead were resurrected
Like Jesus at Easter,
And we came to know
How a confederacy of dunces,
Blind to brilliance,
Turned you away.

The staggering preacher bleats
His boozy verse from a skidmarked bible,
Flecked with bourbon vomit and neon glare.
His admonition against sin
Grins back at him with knowing nods
And come hither looks.
He mumbles a prayer and stumbles after.
And in the end,
You found redemption,
A gassy sleep in Biloxi.
A finish to the self hate,
Doubtful worth.
And a slovenly St. Ignatius
Bumbling ahead like a clownish prophet,
Proclaimed your second coming.

What waste, what waste!
What might we have read had you lived?
Instead, a God distracted,
Attention turned elsewhere,
Did not even think to turn off the key.

Submitted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

©Charles Darnell 2013

Comments about this poem (Neon Bible -For John Kennedy Toole by Charles Darnell )

Enter the verification code :

  • Wahab Abdul (7/9/2013 1:16:00 PM)

    i liked it it's very weighty and serious poetry...i know this is your bible series poem.....great! (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. الأم والطفلة الضائعة, بدر شاكر السياب
  2. Colors Of Emotion, Marchelle Walter
  3. Colours, Marchelle Walter
  4. عقدة المطر, نزار قباني
  5. عق, نزار قباني
  6. قراءة ثانية فى مقدمة ابن خلدون, نزار قباني
  7. her demon, Omobude Saint perry
  8. YOUR LOVE PROVE THEM WRONG., Changez Ndzai
  9. If I Had A Chance, Ronald Chapman
  10. السمفونيه الجنوبيه الخامسه, نزار قباني

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]