Poems by Bill Gainer

A Broken Window, a Cheap Hotel, a Stranger

The manager will want to know
how it happened –
I’ll tell the truth –
we lied to each other
and believed it.
Mostly.

A cheap hotel room
one glass to split
the bourbon
a cigarette
an empty beer bottle
to drop the butt
too much smoke
and a window
painted shut.

She’ll think
I can love you
and you’ll say
come here baby
we’ll worry about that later.
Right now,
just keep me warm.
The blankets
are thin.

____________
From a Bar in Kansas City

I’m in a bar
in Kansas City
having a burger
a drink.
It’s cold here
18 degrees outside.

I’m reading poems
across town
a little later.

Just wanted
you to know
no matter how far
or cold
it gets
you’ll be
keeping me
warm
tonight.

Missing you
lots –
from a Bar
in Kansas City …

____________

 

An Evening’s Intrusion

On the porch
wishing a cigarette
the first sip of bourbon
he looks few minutes
younger.
With the second
at peace.

The neighbor lady
Ruth
widowed a decade
from her porch
waves
he waves back.

The street lights
hide the sky
as they stagger
to life.
One by one
the stars go out.

____________

 

 

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One Response to “Poems by Bill Gainer”

  1. craig.steiger@gmail.com Says:

    great lines….. “the street lights/ Hide the sky / as they stagger to life. One by one/ the stars go out.”

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