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Joyfully, Playfully Watching Me

i guess it's over

the party is

the car is

idling, a glass of wine

somebody forgot they poured


(the cheap shit)


is whispering

its little song, the

logical song

supetramp jukebox bull-shit

played at a motel bar

really sad electric piano

sideburns

and quaaludes


everyone is in search

of something other than

what they actually need

it's ok


the eyes close

the mouth closes

just stars and

trees, a piece of glass


from a busted

bottle

a patio incursion

the 70s smell like

blown-out candles


you can't repair

what has been done to you

you can only

sing a song about it

under your breath

hoping it makes it to the radio

top 40

casey kasem etc


the logical song: when I was young

it seemed that life was so wonderful

A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical

And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily

Oh joyfully, playfully watching me


no miracles at this point

just memories

of other ordeals

inflections

melodies from busted windows

flashlights shining on


a time when

there was no running away

just standing there saying:

i know, i know, jesus fucking christ


i know



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