Mardi Gras Flash

shakemyheadhollow

Smashing shots with Big Bird
and the One-Eyed Jack
even Little Louis left Mamou
for the city this year.

A bearded nun pukes a green
shot deftly into a plastic cup
at a bar with many races
no, race is not important here.

Suffering is.  Suffering is
fiercely costumed, skittish,
a character who offered to eat
a spider for a free margarita
but the bartender said no.

We pause, all eyes turned to Suffering,
stupidly solemn we share
a lightning flash of tomorrow,
from Comus to the Lenten sacrifice,
the ashes of remembrance.

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