Poetry / “Diner placemat love note”

diner placemat

I have become a

front porch Bell jar wino

looking for yesterday

But all I want is to be

a back alley junkie

freebasing glimpses of tomorrow

And on each day of your absence

I’ve received a morphine drip

of your perceived value

While fearing the dark

and squinting to find

your fading light

At first we loved slowly

as if our touch was a match

that would send up any remaining oxygen

But later we found out we matched

however not each other

causing us to softly fade

Like a cry for help in a soundproof room

or a reframed photograph hung on a different wall

all leading to your evaporation.

So now I’m stuck

and have abandoned myself

on a Formica counter swivel stool

With an empty plastic

methadone shot glass

in one hand

Writing this diner placemat love note with the other

mind failing and my heart barely strong enough

to pump your entire short life.

Copyright 2013 Steven Harz

Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

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