Storefront Window

For spring the thrift store has arrayed used articles
in secondary shades of cream and raw sienna, ROY G.
BIV be damned: a mustard jumper, straw purse,

the music is over, though the dancing
can go on forever, it can go on, go on,
the music is over, though the dancing . . .

Ochre throw rugs, beige roses on cashmere, plastic
knives & forks the color of cornflowers, a painting
of bending peasants with scythes in a wheat field,

though the dancing can go on forever,
it can go on, go on . . .

Across the street, the Little League Tigers are swinging
late on pitches in the dirt, taking strikes they should
jump on, parents in their warm cars honking for hits,

though the music is over . . .

The drinkers arrive in battered cars, wrong color door
on the driver’s side, rusted fenders, connecting roads
of their mapped cheeks leading them nowhere,

though the dancing can go on forever,
the music is over, though the dancing
can go on forever, it can go on, go on.

Another beer after the worst day ever, broken sheetrock,
spilled paint, the jerk who wouldn’t pay for extra taping,
the framing out 3/8s in places,

though the dancing can go on forever,

six-cents per-kilowatt hour has to be the highest
in the county, ruined by low bidders, whipped by a slew
of near misses, wronged too many times—

the music is over,
though the dancing can go on forever . . .

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