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Caress of Steel

by Chris Sorrenti

He wandered through adolescence’s fair
     the sun shone bright
     no wind blew there
and to a stage made his way
     where stood a man
     flute in hand / red wine to quench him
the minstrel began to sing and play
     but from his instrument
     the music changed
for came the chords of an electric guitar
roaring out a seductive message
      “Heavy Metal was here to stay”

As all around the lost children gathered
     confirming the piper his stolen crown
     the chosen captivated by what he sang:

Come live my words of truth and wisdom
     yes... see me...feel me ... be me
     and if my tune has touched you deeply
then you too can be its master
     to live forever in the eye of the hurricane
     and learn the meaning
caress of steel

got his circuits crossed
cranked for the first time / got totally lost
as all around
the snow flakes gathered
returning Winter its short lived throne
innocent’s disaster unforeseen
upon the whirlwind
yet pin prick’s nectar oh so sweet
another lost child discovered
abandoned amid
the caress of steel

the age old ally
could not be located
its essence blinded in the building storm
common sense’s thermometer bursting
as through it all - the piper played
Alice Cooper’s Dead Babies
pushing brainchild deeper into himself
soon the hurricane to catch up with him
despite the minstrel’s flowery promise
just a machine now
programmed only for
the caress of steel

© 1977
Revised © 2017

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Posted on 11/19/2017
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Laura Doom on 11/21/17 at 07:19 PM

The billion dollar dream, huh? No worries, Alice will be avenged sevenfold with Marilyn retiring on the prophets; from Woodstock to Whitechapel along the highway to hell. An evocative audio excursion.

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