Hard Nails

This poem is also a blues poem and it is titled ?Hard Nails?, and I give this to my character George Hamilton. George Hamilton speaking, or singing, ?Hard Nails?.

Geo: Hard nails split my frail bones;
Hard nails gouge my tomb from stone.
Hard nails pierce my feet and hands,
Tack me down so I can’t stand.

Hard nails scratch my frail skin;
Hard nails fasten us chin to chin.
Hard nails I want, hard nails I lack?–?
Her ?ngernails ploughin my back.

Drench me down with rum and Coca?Cola.
The gal I kiss be a pretty pretty colour.
I ain’t got a dollar, but I ain’t got no dolour.
Drench me down with rum and Coca?Cola.

from?Execution Poems?(Gaspereau Press, 2001), ? George Elliott Clarke 2001, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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