Monday, September 7, 2015


There's a woman
who wants me
to shave
into her mirror.
She's also
a gambler,
though she wins,
she told me.
Texas Hold Em
doesn't appeal
to me
the way five card
does, but gambling
is gambling.

I told her
that I'm best
at playing
with myself,
with words,
I mean, letting
them tumble around
& land
with a freedom
I'm hard pressed
to allow
into other
of my life.

I'll help you
enjoy yourself
despite yourself
she said
& smiled.
she can?
We'll see.

Norman Savage
Greenwich Village, 2015

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