Strange Men


                Girlfriends sipping tea             inscrutable


her earrings could be turquoise              or fake


I won’t tell her                blues music and strangers


dancing when it’s hot                 my real, she’d cry


                            I’d have to take her


all the way to Chicago                introduce her


                to strange men but only after I promise her


one is my cousin, one is my brother, one is my uncle


what could I ever have expected


                from someone who doesn’t even know


fake from real                  turquoise from zippers


                one needs a trash can                 the other


needs to come down.

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