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and thereís big red flashing danger

not just from jealous marines

I donít fraternize with strangers

I donít do that kind of thing

and Iím out of here next Wednesday

itís really just as well

Iím steering clear of trouble

at the extended stay motel

 

I want to help her somehow

I want to be her friend

I want her to know that I am

not like other men

 

or maybe her marineís deployed

and these are just his friends

keeping her together

for his extended stay and then

hoping for a stay of execution

from the stray projectileís rage

to be nearby if they notify

in this brutal modern age

 

Iím wondering if I come back

in a month or in a year

will she still be sitting on the stoop

with a cigarette and beer

Iíve never wished so hard Iím wrong

about a thing that I canít tell

I hope sheís locked in with her sweetheart

at the extended stay motel

 

 

© 2018 by Rob Siegel. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

05 Ė The Extended Stay Motel

 

she sits out on the stoop

at the extended stay motel

sheís literally the girl next door

if Mayberry went to hell

sheís got that wholesome pretty

but I donít think sheís what she seems

as she sits there smoking cigarettes

and talking to marines

 

she looks great in that tank top

tattoos for all to see

the modern substitution

for the heart worn on the sleeve

itís an odd juxtaposition

the girl next door has gone

the vodka bottleís empty

Iíve been away too long

 

but Iím only an observer

not my place to interfere

measurement makes discontent

in this small imperfect sphere

I remain the staid researcher

itís really just as well

I watch from a safe distance

at the extended stay motel

 

hookerís such a harsh word

and I donít know the facts

maybe sheís just looking

for some company not cash

this guy could be her brother

but not all of them Iíve spied

but if theyíre really paying clients

why do they sit and talk outside

 

I come back from doing laundry

her doorís ajar as I walk by

thereís that lonely human silken thread

she smiles and say hi

I so want to ask the question

but itís the biggest line there is

whatís a girl like you

doing in a place like this

 

 
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