Friday, August 19, 2022

A Girl of the Streets Wanders In

We talk in spurts like
a trailer of a film
dissected of nuance.
There's no reason
to believe anything 
she says with a wary
quicksilver tongue slick
with false enchantments.

I know the type.
their charms traded so
often among men they'd
long decided to make
succeeding night hawks 
and failed romantics pay
in all the devious ways 
known to them.

She tells me men who loved her
were ruined or left to stumble
as if directionless vagabonds
with little reason to right
themselves other than to
drift like specters lost to
time's cannibalistic
vacuum.

Is that so?, I say.

She avoids the bartenders
eyes who do everything
to make a street walker
feel unwelcome.

I tell her at worse
I'll drink a few extra
beers and fall asleep
with my arms around 
empty space to mourn
lost lovers.
 
She quickly says they all
think that. Then gives
me a peculiar look.

As if she's decided 
to enter my life and
dare her words true.
I leave her right there
with too many others 
willing to replace me.
 
For she's a present memory
of too many others
now long gone.
 
I drink alone most 
nights at home
now.
 
Inching away
from her
forever.
 
Sometimes no
company is the
best kind.
And you leave
it to silence
that somehow always
speak volumes.


Rp Verlaine lives in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in New York Public schools for many years. His first volume of poetry- Damaged by Dames & Drinking was published in 2017 and another – Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers in 2018. A set of three e-books titled Lies From The Autobiography vol 1-3 were published from 2018 to 2020. His newest book, Imagined Indecencies, was published in February of 2022.