I could he sitting on the left of you.
you'd be looking straight ahead.
if i was adrift right across from you,
you still would cut me dead.
i've had better deep discussions
with this plate of soft-shelled crab.
I'd put some spice in your rice.
you'd give me blues in the stew.
i'd give you catfish jumping.
you'd give me all this work to do.
who's got the cheque on this hot dinner?
who's got the tabs on the crab?
Another night in the wilderness:
should have been a night on the town.
lesson in learning how to hold
a conversation down.
i'm in splendid isolation,
feel that heavy silence fall.
got all this cut out for me to do.
another night in the wilderness of you.
Here i am drinking you with my eyes.
you're looking at the gravy on my bib.
i go weak-kneed at the suggestion of you.
what's wrong with the cut of my jib?
is there a lobster in the offing,
or just a fifty dollar cheque?