RAVEN MACK is a mystic poet-philosopher-artist of the Greater Appalachian unorthodox tradition. He does have an amazing PATREON, but also *normal* ARTIST WEBSITE too.

Monday, March 11


my back tattoo is only half a back 
the purity of natural born loser's poor choices 
was gonna get outlaw Jack of Diamonds 
representing myself - outlaw jack of all words 
and then Suicide King to signify 
paternal blood lines - reckless king of all dives 
then at the top in garishly beautiful script 
STANDING PAT - a blackjack hand not destined 
to win automatically but 
fuck it, still pretty good 

got the jack done, third eye activated 
small side street in Scottsville tattoo parlor 
operated by a dude from down the road 
but then he was gone, to Germany or Arizona 
and his style was too unique plus affordable 
being a small town and shit 
so never got the suicide king 
just half a back tattoo, holding a jack of diamonds 
waiting for life to deal me the other card 

every now and then my youngest child 
walks by as I'm shirtless (naturally) 
and she slaps my back, yelling 
SLAPJACK! and runs off laughing 
one of my blessings to remember since it feels like 
some folks lose so hard 
they never even finish getting their hand dealt 
before life folds up on top of them 
like metaphysical tangle of blackberry bushes 
fruitless to fight 

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