The juveniles gathered around your blinds They studied your silhouette to memory Dancing like Ann-Margret around the room The candles burning around a 1985 waterbed. On New York city nights one of the college boys in the alley Looking for a clue and a view You'd walk out slightly drunk, smiling at crowds of boys with eyes that were up to no good. Riding a green bicycle to the Jackson Hole your scent of sweet cigarette smoke and perfume, leads the path to a perfect follow Maybe I will come down and have a drink While you chat about the news to some hipster folks I see you flirting with them all. Everyone laughs until we bruise my heart just jumps like a petrified fish. I have to walk by and say a hello Although, there were more handsome faces in the shadows. I hope to at least be more hypnotic than the stained spoons - in this diner. You say "I am Tessa, but I believe you already know that" I introduced myself, she said "I've always liked your artsy hat" We drank coffee 'til our stomachs bled. And I was as shy as a detached bubble. You carried the conversations, lead my hand Picking flowers out of the cracked sidewalks near Brooklyn Lead my hand, as we joined silhouettes As the other jealous hustlers sat in the rain. Lead my hand, through other diners with scent of burnt coffee. Drinking our time away we would be catty, flirty & bitchy Tessa, you really enhanced my greed and need In nights I swayed with you Nights we cried into each other's chest Nights we drugged ourselves to nightmares Nights we laughed until the extra strangers left Now, in New York here I am Long distances between the walks in all the boroughs All the pigeons, drink at cold waters the Statue of Liberty looks plagued. Since my needs are old When you lead my hand, to the bars You lead my hand, by all the Harlem diamondbacks You lead my hand, to you breathing your last breath - on the back of my neck. You lived your life for many, but to yourself you hid away all your suicides. Available Now: Before I Turn Into Gold Inspired by Leonard Cohen Anthology by David L O’Nan & Contributors w/art by Geoffrey Wren Hard Rain Poetry Anthology U.S. Link https://tinyurl.com/2p938cy8 International links on this page. https://feversofthemind.com/2022/06/23/hard-rain-poetry-forever-dylan-anthology-available-today/ Current bio for Fevers of the Mind’s David L O’Nan editor/writing contributor to blog.