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DOUBLE NICKELS
(Everything’s Gonna Be All Right)

Double nickels
Stop your whining
The casino says
it’s my lucky day
Put ten in the tank
A tight skirt on my ass
The slots are three exits away

I see heavy drops
of snow falling down
but only over my left eye

Wink wink
Nudge nudge

Four hours til the sun comes up
Everything’s gonna be all right

I’m warned some sports bras
will give me a Uniboob
deterring my flirting any at the gym
I’m more worried about
my weak right side
Avoiding my bed
because I’m lonely inside
and dying without being kissed

Birds keep me company
Dogs warm my feet at night

Four hours til the sun comes up
Everything’s gonna be all right

McKuen, you died too soon
I wanted coffee and cats with you
on Stanyan Street in the late afternoon
We poets know shadows and light
say more than frail failing bodies
ever do

My birthday comes
without fanfare or stars
romance or candlelight
The wind will howl at my door
I’ll step out and say hello
to the flurries
offered
Intricate, Intimate, Sublime
I’m scared half to death
Resilient resentful and yet
Grateful
for this precious night

Four hours til I see the light
Everything’s gonna be all right

c2015 GC Cameron
Inspired by “More Than a Whisper”
by Nanci Griffith

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