Ease your wrinkles — drink Dionysus

the mind’s magic marker,

unbutton your collar

shake off your cufflinks

in wondrous dark, it is make-

believe we are world

humans unbound

under transparent masks

where judgments are low

because the music is slow,

and today you’re Jack, tomorrow Joe

and bed with Sarah or Marsha

or Sarah and Marsha or Sarah and

Marsha and Tom

spill a little

fall a little

kiss a little

for the cabaret won’t be open forever


This is the 100 Songs Project, a 100-day writing challenge based on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs. Every day, I write a short poem, prose piece, or play based on, reacting to, rejecting, accepting, or doing something related to one of the songs in the top 100 list.

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