Scour the Earth

The first time he sang a lie
it was little and white.
His gramma washed his mouth dirty
with washcloth and water.
(No one ever warned him
how sweet it would taste.)

The first time he stole ambrosia from the gods
it was hasty and clandestine.
His mama washed his mouth dirty
with sponge and soap.
(No one ever warned him
how sweet it would taste.)

The first time he smooched a boy
it was sloppy and paradisiac.
His papa washed his mouth dirty
with crowbar and claret.
(No one ever warned him
how sweet it would taste.)

The last time he lived a vapor dream
it was potent and eternal.
He washed his mouth dirty
with magnum and moonshine.
(No one ever warned him
how sweet it would taste.)

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