Some learned man left

Some learned man left
his hardback open
on a pair of pages
I'd read before
in the margin
perfect scrawl
an aphorism
I wish I'd seen
and committed
to memory
when I was fifteen
it could've led
some other spot
than in between dumpsters
hiding smoke
from school cops
with coke bottle glasses
but every vessel
I've ever hailed
only floated
until it sank
and so I'll close
that book for now
so not to lead
any fool boys astray
even if onto
a better way
let them have
their silly smoke
hidden motives
cruel-hearted jokes
bloody hands
and muddy souls
these damaged sons
brothers though
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