Kelley Leaves Tanner's Cafe

(From "Exits on Warren Street")

Laugh. Laugh will they.

Well let them laugh.

I saw this hole when it was nothing

But a worn rag on a shoestring.

And I see it now,

Bent old wreck that I am

With a slut of a daughter

Hanging on my back.

They'll all be bent soon enough.

Every last one of them'll be bent

Like a dead bush.

Stand there

Like fat ducks over the bar,

Always looking to see

If the next one'll suck up his words