Ron Willis

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16th Street

The whores on 16th
ask me sometimes for a light,
but they all know I don't smoke.
And sometimes they come in
to get out of the rain,
but there's so little to talk about,
and they never stay too long.
I paid one, once,
she was young and fragile
and her eyes were a thousand years old
but they weren't dead yet,
not like the others.
I paid her just to hold me.

It sounds so awkward,
the way I say it now,
but at the time it was sweet and innocent,
and it kept me from falling from the little
second story window.
All the whiskey was ...

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