The Devil

i’ve never once met the Devil
although i’ve felt his presence
inside my cavernous skull
after torch extinguished
a couple of licked fingers
linger in smokey darkness

i’ve never once met the Devil
but i believe i’ve seen him before
among dust in the history books
captured in stills on a film reel
hollywood crooks misunderstood
the good die when earth is shook

i’ve never once met the Devil
so how will i know i’ve found him
will weapons be pointed
will garments be square
maybe i’ll test the milky waters
see which army drowns me there