soft green cover

the first thing you see
when you drive into one of these small towns
is the cemetary
as if the dead were somehow the major feature of
the life of the town

and all the girls have warm smiles
and soft eyes
when they’re silent
and you never hear them speak
so the illusion can be a reality for a while

and when you stay
and warm yourself in the comfort of being
just another person in another small town
then you can safely sit back
and let your attitude cool

and the women won’t bring you bread
or lay flowers at your feet
they will do nothing for you
except perhaps clear the garbage and decay
away from the soft green cover of your bed

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