It's not the ice 

on the windshield 

or the bruised knuckles

or bulk junk mail on Tuesday

     Why even open the box?

The manager wants the rent

with the late fee.

The motor failed

because the oil pump failed.

It has to be rebuilt 

to pay for its failure.

I was told I was 

once nine

second hand corduroy pants 

buttoned shirt tucked

but that was because 

of his belt.

After that it was

move inside to move out.

Busing tables is no different

than sucking cock she said.

And by the way 

that rent never gets paid.

She had a point.

So we touched tongues 

burnt each other with our cigarettes 

and slept near the waves.