ONE FOR ONE

i owe you one, kerouac.

for all those sweetair nites on orange streets

under purple blanket of blackness.

i owe you one, buddy.

many a night you sweep me through

doors and out into fog rain

upside downside

alleys for tin pans and also-rans and racers.

nevermind the way you treat your dolls

or the way they spit back.

i owe you one, paradise.

for the great western vista of the mind

for i’ve never been

(don’t have to).

for the unslept dawns and kerosene yawns

jazz trumpet wiggling away

at the ends of mystic fingertips.

i owe you one, kerouac.

you and your mama too.

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ONE FOR ONE

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