Tuesday, January 27, 2009

JSI's 5 Words


When the whiskey is flowin'
there's stories to the rafters.
Simple slices of life swirlin'
around the smoke and shot glasses.

A familiar stranger saunters
in--catchin' the end of a tall tale
so our laughs crackle and their
echoes fill the space
between the stools.

Outside there's snow on the ground
and we're all hidin' from it
but holdin' onto
things we can't touch:
the blues, shadows
and that fresh feeling
of learning who someone was,
is, and can be.

We'll share a cigarette
with our fingers touching
with every pass.
I'll say, "Through all our conquests
and queries we get a few moments
to relax." And you'll say,
"And a few more to regret."

We will smile until long after
the irises sprout and bloom--
what a journey that must be,
from seed to vase.
And we realize how different
we really are from flowers.
We're lucky to not be as lonely.

*ball is the 5th word, I couldn't fit it and I'm disappointed with myself.


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