Loose Change

He came, he went
He conquered her that night
Before he took flight
Chauffeured from responsibility

Competitive child
Beneath a fertile, chestnut tree
Even when she tied his laces
He did not thank me

Swinging her best shot
He retold his bad jokes
Side by side on the pavement
Lost his phone heading home
His tail between their legs

She waved him farewell                   
Behind wound-up, tinted glass
Could not return from whence they came
The open sky would only cause more pain

So she took the high road
With the Laundrettes
The betting shops
With the Orthodox

Bought rollmops for her friend
As the klezmer band marched on
Took the coins, politely ran
Conviction in her hand

Like change, loose change
She hears that same refrain
Loosely changed
 
It lands, you leave
Regain, recede
Disbelief suspends the match
Fuels her every sense
 
He wills her bare nerves worn to the edge
Scores a bed-notch, pound of flesh
Yet swore to return
 
Bound in chains
We hear that same refrain
 
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