The poetry of s.c. harz / “My every night one night stand”

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My every night one night stand


With your hand on the radio and my hand on your heart

your top-of-thigh Levi’s cutoffs and frosted and feathered hair

are riding shotgun in a 20-year-old F150.

As I am look to my right, watching you look to your right,

we pass Sparkle Car Wash and the boarded up Rexall Drugs,

following the end-of-the-road Texaco sign as if it’s a

small town Star of David. Parked behind the

county fairground Cow Palace and within earshot

of the Community Choir onstage the neon flashing

Tilt-A-Whirl swirls dust in our direction.

We, the Prince and Princess of Underneath The Watertower,

with your daisy chain halo and my barbed wire crown,

you smell and taste like baby powder and lip gloss,

and me like Budweiser and bubblegum.


A finger to your lips and a hand in your back pocket

we pretend that we’re not making up love as we go,

and as the carnival fireworks begin above

I say a silent prayer, to God or no one,

that you eventually become

my every night one night stand.

‘My every night one night stand’ is included in my book, “Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes” – available in paperback and Kindle / ebook at Amazon:






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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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