the way it was

tattooed girls
drunken boys
and cigarette smoke
everywhere

warm nights
with pimps
and hookers
working the streets

this was
the way it was
before cell phones
atm’s and the internet

when you got
on the subway
with a token
and a phone call
cost a dime

nothing wrong
with how it is now
it’s just nice to think back
now and again
to a simpler time

(D. James)

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nothing but now

rain and coffee
waiting for the sun

in my mind
driving through town
on a warm day

smoking one last cigarette
hoping the clouds away

being here now
letting it wash over me

(D. James)