Number of the Beast

He keeps
Satan’s number
in his cell phone.

It’s a reminder of
what he used to be,
of all he’s overcome…
he keeps it there
to prove to himself
that he can do it.

And he can,
even on days
where the hooves
sound louder
and closer.
It’s been a long time.

He told me
that one Christmas,
Satan called him
just to see
how he was doing.

Just to see
if he was
holding up okay.

Calling around,
spreading the sort of
holiday cheer
that tears families apart.

I guess
you can’t blame him
for trying,
but that IS
why they call it
a deal with the devil.

-GD Butler

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