Tom Waits

Tonight I’m gonna take that ride
Across the river to the Jersey side
Where the marquee outside Giumarello’s offers
ROMANTIC OUTDOOR DINING:
LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE
Where my neighbor,
someone so rude, filthy, & abusive
we refer to him as “D’Abusio,”
tells his ten-year old not to cry because
“crying is for fucking little bitches”
Where Mexican women
sell beach blankets of Jesus,
puppies, and “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas”
before returning to Woodlynne Park
Tom Waits never lived here
or Paris
or even Montréal
It’s a lonely, empty planet out there
wherever you are
wherever you may end up
and Tom Waits for no man

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