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.

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

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
With the second
at peace.

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

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




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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