Smoked-filled room chokes the senses,
tenant’s visits heightens defenses.

Buried emotions, snuffed stale air,
vacant expressions with sunken stares.

All who come to the evening tomb,
cloud their lives within the room.

Clinking of glasses the flame of the lighter,
two strangers meet, become one-niters.

Reaching from trust now failed,
hopes wrapped up now kept and jailed.

Speaking present, the buried past,
masking in drinks, in hopes it will last.

Long enough to help forget,
strangers, soon lovers, talk and sit.

She now with her tinted hair light,
sits as he listens throughout the night.

Each one look for the night of need,
knowing dawn their guilt will breed.

A different loss, a hollow space,
another night to seek; erase.

Copyright: 2000 CMM