TENEMENT GIRL by Jeffrey Littrell


your breaths are a symphony to me

you lay tangled in slumber

with Sara Bareilles singing softly on the stereo


a coy smile plays across your lips

while strawberry ice cream

melts on the nightstand


there is glitter on the sheets,

sweat glistening

on your cherry bomb tattoo


of what do you dream ? of home ?

your mother in Heaven ?

walking the runway as a famous model ?


I crack open a Red Bull

you stir and roll over,

wiping the sleep from your eyes


you squint at the clock,

then stumble over

to the Grey Goose bottle in the kitchen


we laugh and embrace, speaking not a word

and gather up the fragments

from a reckless, broken night


About digthroughlife

I am a fifty-three year old poet who also writes fiction. I worked twenty-three years for the USPS, though never enthusiastically. I am a member of French Writers Worldwide and have had several poems published in French and Spanish. I hold strong opinions on music, film, and human rights. Some of my influences are Charles Bukowski, Arthur Rimbaud, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Sylvia Plath, W.B Yeats, Bob Marley, William Blake, and Hunter S. Thompson. I'm an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Oakland Raiders, and Indiana Pacers. I like traveling by car. I enjoy seeing rock and alt-country bands in small venues. I hold a black belt in Taekwondo, but no longer spar due to injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident in 2005. I play acoustic guitar. I love Crown Royal whiskey and California Kush. Women are both the bane of my existence and all that sustains me. I believe strongly in the power of love and heartbreak. View all posts by digthroughlife

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