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Present the future with a springboard and a splash
And so I test the water and go to a dingy bar
and take the dive that will save me.
It’s not a pick up place, but a place to pick up the pieces of your life
and tender the bartender who finds you where no one else could.
His tip knows no end to the possibilities and his glass is half full
because he earned his keep.
And last call called for a new beginning and as the lights dimmed
upon a new day there stood I in the rain knowing where I was going.
I was stabbed by a blind arm and no refrain came from my cane.
I tried to beat the Devil and crossed the street summoning
my love for God but was hit by a motorist who stopped only to say
Fuck You and there lay the middle finger in the middle of the road.
I now need a kidney not a finger and realized there was no hope
that I’ll ever pee against a tree………………………………………………..
Erika Eureka ground zero you opened a hole in my heart
emotions flooded with each beat and the ball dropped, but I caught it
and salvaged what was left of last year that bring me today tomorrow tonight
with but a token for the subway to bring me home and never I’ll forget
I’ll ever be alone.
Don’t walk the corridor by yourself I’ll be the phantom guy by your side.
The horse ride bestride, so cold, but you warmed my heart as
our smokey breath spelled our initials against the cobalt world
and a starry night painted our picture.
We broke into the museum for you to see him and stole eternity’s moment.
Sirens sang and knew this was forever.
However we never saw each other again, but reproductions of the night hold tight
today, tomorrow tonight in our homes that roams in my heart always holding me
hand in hand and if we’re framed we’ll always hang together.
Daniel William Concharty is a poet whose work appears exclusively in Painted Brain News