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“Bob Had Left Town & All That Jazz” – a poem by Mike Faran



Bob Had Left Town & All That Jazz


She didn’t want to drink
so we walked hand-in-hand
half-way home before

it dawned on us that we had
a car
parked behind the bar

We bought it just that day  –
something we
had been saving like mad for

A 1953 Dodge coupe with
only a few nicks & dents

But neither of us knew how to
work a stick &
Bob had left town

so we continued to walk home

We made love to the 
four jazz records that we owned
Neither one of us thought about
that car again &
Bob never did return from






Mike Faran lives in Ventura, Ca. as a retired lobster trap builder. He is the author of We Go To A Fire (Penury Press) and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. His work has been published in Atlanta Review, Rattle, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Slant.