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Greyhound Bus Station - Two In The Morning - Doctor In The Alley

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Greyhound Bus Station - Two In The Morning - Doctor In The Alley

A long time ago this scene unfolded as I traveled from place to place
As I look back from my values I hold dear today, it's entirely a different race
Every persons walk is unique and holds many a lesson
Some to share openly and others are for confessen
Wake up somewhere in an alley behind a trash dumpster or in a doorway
Depends on your luck the night before if it was foreplay or poorplay
You may have scored a job to load delivery trucks with that smooth Gallo wine
That would net you a cool twenty and slip a bottle in the pocket made you feel just 
So when you got off work you had some money
But you didn't spend it on women because white port was your honey
You could rent a room for five dollars a day and buy peanut butter and bread
The rest for some wine or brandy or whiskey maybe a beer and you were totally fed
Now you were confident you likely had some work and pay every day
If you don't get sent out on a job you can sell blood was your ace the other way
Somedays you would switch and work during the day 
But your style was no different you needed daily pay
So you worked at the slave market is what the common name is
Always minimun pay and very little quiz
You could have been a bank robber or a serial killer
Made no difference you just wrote on the paper what ever would fill er
No one was ever going to check to see if you had just graduated from Yale
Or had done something real bad and just got out of jail....
So once in a while you just wanted to change locations for no particular reason
Except maybe the biggest if you slept out you preferred a fair season
If it were two in the morning somewhere and you had the shakes
You knew how to locate a doctor down the alley and pay what it takes
So after many bus rides and alleys and stomach fulls and heartaches
I use a different doctor now and he's not in the alley, we play for much higher stakes

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 9:35:00 PM
    I appreciate your compliment James. But I enjoy also the identification of the poetry you also write. We have been there. Thank you my friend. 25 years this month. Will be putting in a letter to daddy next. Try and read it. Jim

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 10:43:00 AM
    fascinating tale James ..very intricate details .. adventuresome bus rides and learning curves too luv..enjoyed this delightful poetry ..

    Gooch Avatar James Gooch
    Date: 7/25/2011 8:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Linda-Marie, a big ole hug respectfully to you and a big "thank you" for reading and telling me what you think about my work. I do care what you have to say. I still have reading more of your work on my "fun things to do list".... very soon.......James
  1. Date: 7/25/2011 6:41:00 AM
    I enjoyed this a lot. The ending is beautiful. It gives your reader lots to think about. Thanks for sharing your gift with us, Jancarl C.

    Gooch Avatar James Gooch
    Date: 7/25/2011 7:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Coming from you Jancarl, I hold your compliment in very high regard. Thanks very large. Read some of your art and am amazed: The Cat Seeing The Dog, The SinEater, Dumpster Diver, and more... You walk the walk........ James