Faded pictures scrapbook

A lipstick stained cigarette left in an overflowing ashtray
smouldering blue on a hotel nightstand early a.m. Spain
as the sun poured light through an open window
filtering through a tall glass of ice vodka & coke
as I lay spent against white cotton Egyptian sheets
eyelashes black, eyebrows shaped, hair colour adjusted
your monthly visit to the hairdresser
as I waited weary patiently in the street
picking you up from the station all cold lovely a vision of black
your long black mane glowing down that thin pale back
wanting rescue from a life gone all wrong before
& too soon leaving me all cold lovely all in black
needing a different rescue from this life all gone wrong
out on the beach outlined against a fine morning mist
hair swept back one hand against head looking to sea
as I took that photo knowing it would not be long
before all of you left me


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