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Your body takes credit, but time will collect
all the life that you write off in your debt.
Leonard falls down in the crosswalk between
Franklin street and Lafayette.

His 240 pounds are dead weight on the ground,
a wet bed of concrete and slime.
Life is a pennant and you get a few tries
but the losses soak deep when they're found.

He lifts up his shirt to show me where it hurts
and his belly is a valley of scars.
He don't know where we are, but his left half's distended,
twice the size of my head, and twice as hard.

People get numb, and the numbers can't count
how many times they end up on the floor,
or which time in the hospital they were spit out of
when they learned not to care anymore.

Now Leonard's in a stretcher, holding hands with his shrew
while his wife's away rotting in jail.
But my habits are habits, and I'm washing this one down
in a bar down on Rivington with Gale.

Your body takes credit but time will collect.
You hope someone holds out a hand.
And when that ambulance stops to pull you inside,
You hope you've got enough dignity to stand.


from The Light of the Well, released April 17, 2020


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