One Man

By Andy Copeland



I sleep, the world is turning

I wake, my mind is burning

Through my life I’m always learning

Don’t follow every yearning


I’ve almost seen Satan’s face

And I heard all ’bout Jesus’s grace

I’ve been everywhere between, seen

All the sights that can be seen and


I can tell you not to follow

Everyone’s advice

‘Cuz no one thinks



I’m in the world around me

The sights and sounds surrounding

Did you hear the music sounding?

I can feel my heart a-pounding and


I just know I need a fix

I throw it into my daily mix

My mamma taught me right from wrong but

Here I am, singing this song and


I just don’t know where I’m gonna go

But it ain’t too good and that’s for sho’

Ain’t too many roads for me to take; and

I don’t know how far one man can make


Off a Camel Wide

By Andy Copeland

Sometimes, when I smoke a cigarette
The tobacco so bold
Smoke so smooth
I take my drags sparingly
You see, the nicotine
My buzz
Delivers my blood
With separate


By Andy Copeland


The quiet whirring of the fan


Into my reality

As the dark

Behind my eyelids

Is replaced

By the darkness

In front of me

Last I remember,

I fell



Into the cushions of this couch

But now my head is clear

My blood is clean

And my mouth is dry

It’s out

People around me snore

While my wretched withdrawal ensues

I rise

Stuff a cigarette in my mouth

The staccato flick

Of my Bic

My soft stirrings bring the dog by

Feet underneath me now,

My secret sneak starts

Socks silently sliding along the wood

Everyone slumbers tonight

But I’ll see the sun when it comes up


April 2013


By Andy Copeland


A pallid, gray sky

I need new inspiration

Burn, happy grass, burn