My Pledge of Loyalty
I love you in spite of your bloodied hands.
I love you in spite of your bloat and pomp.
I love you when you come back to haunt me.
I love your lying mouth.
I love your sharp fingers
that poke through the bars
of the cage you keep me in.
I love you when your whip is long.
I love you when your whip is short.
I love you when the whip has razors in it.
I love you when you brutalize
them, not me.
If this means what I think it means
I love it.
I love the way you equal opportunity hate.
I even love you when you hate on me,
it feels so much
I want you
to keep loving me
without your mask,
just your emotionless face
the way all good despots
love their people.
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan writes Florida noir with a dark humor. Novels include Project XX about a school shooting (Salt Publishing, UK, 2017) and What I Did for Love, a spoof of Lolita (Bloodhound Books, 2019). Kelsay Books recently published the poetry chapbook the disappearing self. Poems have appeared in many literary journals, online and in print.