Diamond Cutter Blues

Doubt he’ll be back soon
given the three in the a.m.
nothingness spin smoking
cigarettes and disillusioned
bartenders with bottles
waiting full of cheap
yellow gods, and strange
hotel garbage.

Talking and drinking-
phonedrunk-
pencils of ash
knife blades blunted
into sleeping surrender.

Mannequins singing of
sadness lit by famous
hopeless moonlight-
with pockets full of
doubt the hero
dances
flashing footsteps
boots
shoelaces
as he inhales
rivers.

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4 thoughts on “Diamond Cutter Blues

  1. This is magnificent.

    nothingness spin smoking
    cigarettes and disillusioned
    bartenders with bottles
    waiting full of cheap
    yellow gods, and strange
    hotel garbage

    How? So much better than well done.

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, and for being the first to comment on this piece I loved so much. As for how- this poem just came to me in a flash after I found the character nigh last call not knowing what to do.

      • I actually saw the piece some time ago, but when I tried to comment something malfunctioned. Regardless, I’m amazed that I seem to have been one of the first to find this.
        I think that the things that come in flashes are the best ones, a lot of the time.

      • Hate it when comments malfunction- happens to me quite a lot- and yes you are the first to find this piece! I too often find that the pieces that come in a flash are the best ones- it is nice not having to work and work on a piece.

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