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One night in a bar

The instrumental blows †
Slow saxophone   †
Accompanying my mood † †
I tip the man with dip and shake † †
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Smoke and it's pillaring † †  
High and blue † †
Like writhing tendrils † †
Of the Medusa † †  
And her memories of when † †
She was a beauty queen † †  
† †  
A thought occurs † †
by tossed delivery † †
However heavy my scrupulous resolve † †
This kind of heaven is thick † †
With indiscretion † †  
† †  
So one for my baby † †
And one more for the road † †
† †  
My bend of elbow † †  
Breeches slow slur † †
My tongue takes on heaviness † †
Ripe without pretense † †  
Formulation of rationale † †  
Dissolves † †
† †  
My hands sticky † †  
With traces of me † †
† †  
And my eye † †
covers itself with hanging hood † †
My view now comfortably obscured † †
I am everything † †  
And I am nothing † †
† †  
But hold on to this babygirl † †
† †  
I am everything † †  
When not nothing † †
† †  
The secrets of my skin † †
Still feel beyond the numbing † †  
Goosefleshed and cold with fear † †
Of the wide awake in darkness † †
† †  
I am so afraid of the dark † †
I have been made to exist † †
under this neon light †  
† †
Somewhere inside it feels †  
This heaven is not right †  
My bliss is a traitor †  
He might hang for these crimes †  
† †
And my soul †  
She hurts † †
My bridge is under fire †  
The water boils †  
† †
And still I dip my toes †  
† †
Beyond the carnage and heat †  
Still the sax man blows †  
And lulls me †  
But how I love this music †  
I sink and I listen †
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Until all around me shoosh  
Shoosh  
And ease into breathe  
Way to close for comfort  
So close to death
 
I raise my glass to my new companion
She stares with eyes
Of truth and beauty
their light I have never seen
nor hoped to
 
And still they shake me to my bones  
 
So much so and that ever after
The darkness has befriended me
And built me a home  
And kept my peace
Written by calamitygin (Jennifer Michael McCurry)
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