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Drunken Hearted Boy

by Arthur Parten

the last words he slurred out
face down on the bed
were an exhortation

someone go find that girl
that girl i'm here with
here with to have sex
have sex with her
she's dumb and easy

i left and drank well and badly
good and bad fast and fast
later i went back
to see that he was still sort of alive

there was a blond next to him
sober wry smile on her face
her lipstick on his cheek
she shook her head and laughed and spoke
it was tragic

want and use and abuse and care
all lying in one bed
lips on cheek and hand on chest the only intersection
i ran for the door


Author's Note: Bonus points if you know who I thieved the title from.

Posted on 02/20/2007
Copyright © 2020 Arthur Parten

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