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torch song liebestraum

Bogart had Bergman, who wouldve given up her husband &
the fate of the free world to run away with him, in the desert
heat of Casablanca.

a cynical detective with a drinking habit scored the affections
of a high-class lady when he booked her for murder; a lady
named Laura.

a gambler with a permanent scowl tortured the emotions of
a tempestuous redhead, called her a tramp, & still she clung
to him on her knees, staining her expensive gown with her
tears. they called her Gilda.

I could bust outa this film noir vertigo that Im tangled in,
maybe, if I could make a woman love me like that. sure,
it would be my reprieve from these late night saloons,
spilling old whiskey & scripting cheap romance lyrics on
pretty paper napkins.

shed look good in little cocktail dresses off the rack, bomber
jackets & combat boots from Army surplus, & even better in
nothing at all. shed read to me from the letters in Penthouse,
sing sultry French tunes in the shower, & purr when I slapped her.

slither like a snake under the sheets, plant herself just right on
her elbows & knees, having learned from mistakes with her old
boyfriends. Id have to take my time loving her, & maybe Id cut
down on my whoring.

but Id kiss her deep every day & smack her fine ass, tell her
her eyes bothered me as much as I could stand, so shed know
she was hardcore & beautiful; shed know she was royal.

shes the girl I dream in Caravaggio visions, when Im drunk or
stoned; a regular, common woman, graceful as the sea & wild
as the wind, & shed need more love than I could ever give her

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