it’s a grind, sweetheart

Rolodex flip-booking characters
replacements a dime a dozen
mimeograph and underwriting
coded filthy carbon missives

Remington ribbon spelling lust
coffee rings on Formica almost wipe off
newspaper funnies stretched thin
flasks in side metal drawers wait

hat rack is full
gloves have been buttoned
running fingers down the girdle seam
trousers become tight

knocking off before 5
head to the seedy bar a few blocks over
throw back some belts
light some cigarettes

banter is golden
eyes go where fingers itch to feel
there’s a motel next door
let’s get our coats

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