a scorecard to keep up


he flirts with you

but dates him

who has the hots for her

who smiles with you

        laughs with you

        shoots with you


        while no one's looking







at the bar, again


you see,

he says

slowly pouring a beer

smiling shyly

looking at his shoes

   not yours


you see,

he repeats

I'd give it all up

            it all

for just one shot

with her


looks down again

stares into his glass

says softly,

these are the stakes

I'm dealing in


the jukebox starts Petty

he exhales, sighing.





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