valiums percodans here in my hand
white yellow blue which one for you?
tuinal seconal do what you can
dalmane and darvocet I love you too

demerol nembutal
compazine codeine
next to the band aids
behind the after shave
wash it down with a beer
then a grin ear to ear

I see twisting and falling
through slitty red eyes
At the bar there is mumbling
“Can you believe those guys?”

(Charlottesville, Va., Spring 1987)