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New Orleans After Work


The piano plays and drinks
With a trumpet horn broken heart and bad liver

And after many staggered shots of Bushmills
A scarred and barley-malted voice croons

In the tobacco-air and sex-hazed jazz club floor
Scarlet lips press to scruff cheek

When Matilda waltzed four sheets to the wind
In an invitation to the blues

Now step right up for a buck and small change
As the jitterbug boy watched the one that got away



*This is a found poem inspired by the song titles from Tom Waits’s 1976 album Small Change.

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