Two Poems by Wyatt Martin

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Lovers Don’t Come They Go

Why should you want any other,
when you’re a world within a world?
–Elliott Smith

Here’s a whisper
I don’t tell anyone

I know this makes you want me more
But I don’t want you
And I love it
And leave it,
Still Warm
Like coffee in an ugly mug
Untouched
Reflection speaks
At your empty breakfast table

So listen closely

I don’t
Come where
I don’t belong
I’m a world within a world
And when I look at
You from across the room

Your just a costume
I know

see her/she was

In the cafe, darling with the black top
Her hips were very, cherry red lipstick

She sat in my booth, told me what my dreams meant
She was smoking, she gave me a parliament

She was playing with some scales, she threw me a line to fish
I ain’t gonna lie, I bit down on it (a bit)

She had a little paper, she drew me as she saw fit
She promised me harmony, played me a circle of fifths

I promised commandments but gave her a laundry list
Skeletons in the hallway dead flowers in our trailer hitch

She put it in a poem, spit her bubble gum in it
One more of cup of coffee she said, and then I’ll split

One more of cup of coffee she said, and then I’ll spill
I’ll let you take me home to my basement on a hill

That was a long time ago, now she’s on the road taking tolls
Waiting on a couple roosters to come home

That was a long time ago, nows she’s on the road taking tolls

Mama’s pushin’ 20 with 2 little one’s in tow

Mamas got 2 little ones but no one to hold her
Mamas got 2 little ones but no one to show for (/chauffeur)

Army jacket on, changing diapers in the shoulder
Humming to the radio, “we only ever say goodbye with words…”

See her on the street all she wants to do is greet
Blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah

See her on the block, all she does is talk, talk
Blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah

See her all alone, she’s like an air balloon takin’ off
See her at the bar, she’s like an air balloon takin’ shots

See her all alone, she’s like ain air balloon takin’ off
See her at the bar she’s like an air balloon takin’ shots

she was

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