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First Line: With heavy eyelids I am still in love
Last Line: And my lust for the girl at the next table
Subject(s): Beauty; Parties


With heavy eyelids I am still in love
with the high-ass girl
who dances fast and smooth
through heavy smoke.

And the music is still drunk and thick
with beer stains in it. Meat-packers
on the weekend are desperately dancing
with switchblades in back pockets.

Nothing changes. The darkness still moves
under the tables and along the walls,
where I hide my suffering
and my lust for the girl at the next table.


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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