Beneath an August Moon – Clarence






Clarence Moss was a conductor on the B&O
always full of useless tips
on relationships;
love affairs

he had the hots for a certain girl
I knew, and warned me “Don’t you doubt it
one day that girl and I, well—you know”

but you’re married, I thought remembering my
long afternoons with the woman
of his dreams

as the train haggled the rickety tracks
past Seaside Beach into St Paul’s
a safe arrival at the terminal
I assured him there was
nothing to sweat;
that scene was
just a figment
of the summer
—smoke and steam
she would soon see other
guys (Clarence being one of them)


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