“will they hear sopranos or those bone digging staylows” by Letson Williams

justice rumours     but that ain’t the truth
that’d mean that you figured out     what to     do
what to say     and which way     the wind blows and goes gray
where it comes from     where it ends up     both inches away
determined to say
almost every day

the full flight pull no shame in that and sometimes
the sun does rise     but whose eyes will see surprise
will they hear sopranos     or those bone digging staylows
are the soundwaves     the long days or simply the wrong way
and do they really mean anything

smile     you won’t     you don’t
why don’t you smile                                                                                                what
you didn’t say when you asked me     to stay

kale kale kale
cale kale
it’s like kale every day

then it was heard

‘who do you have to fuck to get some lou reed up in here?’

a buttoned up orange shirt
seen to sigh heard to hurt
hartcrane to heart
torn completely apart

feet fastened to the past
farewell to rusty     dusty     and maps

chimes     rhymes     derelict times
on a dime
in line
don’t worry
it’s fine

that walk was long and it hurt the girl     after i hurt the girl     but before the rest of the world     before the cheap english prof     with a haircut cough took advantage of the planted blew the whole thing off

bone tangled words
taking the third and exchanging the hurt for     socks and a shirt like the best of us learn and the rest of us yearn for timing downturns in this economy and waiting for someone else to make us free     can’t be couldn’t be wouldn’t be

but there were no flowers as far as i could see
the closest they got were good looking weeds
and that didn’t have anything to do with me
they picked the time and the temperature before the disease
then made it mine with a wink a hand holding decree
and certain situations let the sights just see
the sea     the we
in the best of the me

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