Too Many Doors on Ave.A

Smoke floats from the doorway cutting through the rain
The drenched city is mine but she brought the weather
I know this place and street all too well
Puddles I’ve stumbled over and slushed through on a long way home,conversations I’ve witnessed passing by on nights that never included me
I light the next cigarettes and just listen
Words of freinds to fan and back again
Streetlights catching pillows of the chain smoke
Whilst I’m just a bystander watching her talk
Drinks on the bar calling my name
As always she has to go
I could listen to this amazing girl every rainy night
And still not believe
A word

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There is no place in the world that smells this way when storm clouds roll forward fighting a winding clock watched day of 100 degree heat,rain falls hard on baked concrete and blacktop
releasing all the footsteps and complaints into the air
baptism and sun possesed exorcism rising through all the cracks
I have chased it in other cities
the smell of an old love that drifts innocently into the back of the brain with a smile
it’s only in this city
that they do not charge you when ordering another drink
just waiting for it all to pass

I can see your house from here

This back of mine is killing me,its not just from the labor though
when your young your given this cross around here
not for any birthday or left under the christmas tree,one day its just handed over like the keys to some old green ford that you would never choose to drive
a pocket full of mass cards
your heart goes on your sleeve
while the rest of it goes on your back until the load lifts itself from dragging it through these streets that have no end no matter the town or country
they say the good lord never gives you more than you carry
which i hold true
although
it would be grand
between the pitfalls
turmoil and wreckage
there were rest stops on this road i seem to be traveling along
the company i keep needs to dry their eyes
neither load is too heavy a job for me to take on
i will gladly carry
push or pull
just hold this for me while i clear her rain
lean it against Calvary for a minute
while i grab a few rounds
this is just a favor
i will come back
i will even put coins in the meter
i will pay for for it either way
just remember to move for alternate side of the street parking