Poetry by Scott Laudati

Can We Live Like This?

it didn’t take so long
did it?
your story’s
in your
smile, those lips
once said
“i’ll
never
love again”.

i know
you’re a fighter, kid,
life
didn’t take
its time
with
you, but you’re
not so bored,
there’s still a light
in there.
sure,
you
can sway
like the
breezy
palm trees
of your hometown
but i don’t
want to
know
if you can bend …
can you break?

i remember
your greasy
hair from
the plane,
your legs crossed
on the white sheets,
the slow surrender
of your eyes
when you realized
i thought
you
were beautiful.
it was sudden
and eternal.
i chose you
to erase
all my sorrows.
will you?
you see
life in the raw
and that makes me
trust you.
we know
when
we
find
our own

i think
about what it
will be like.
the coffee.
the date.
the booze.
the bed.
the cigarette.
but
i can
leave those
for the men
that came
before.
i
want
your window,
to
watch
the breeze
through the leaves
of those palms
and wonder
if this life
actually
existed before
you got here

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About Scott Laudati

Scott Laudati lives in Brooklyn with his Boxer, Satine. Visit him at www.scottlaudati.com.