A Lonely Love

       Bill Gainer
One room
a kitchenette
and a bath.
Six-fifty a month
her secret place
where she keeps
the little things
the memories –
one chess piece
a little silver happy-face
drawn on its side –
a pill bottle
three lipstick
stained
cigarette butts
inside
the lid tight –
a pillow to hold
when she’s lonely
it smells like
someone else –
and the corner of the bed
where she sits
rocks herself
and wishes
just wishes.


Bill Gainer

is a storyteller, humorist, award winning poet and the maker of mysterious things. He earned his BA from St. Mary’s College and his MPA from the University of San Francisco. He is the publisher of the PEN Award winning R. L. Crow Publications and is the ongoing host of Red Alice’s Poetry Emporium (Sacramento, CA). Gainer is internationally published and known across the country for giving legendary fun filled performances. Gainer’s latest book, Lipstick and Bullet Holes, is from Epic Rites Press, Canada (2014). Visit: billgainer.com.

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