Oily Wallets

The somber palette of 10,000 maniacs
storm spreading over Parthian lands;
each Top 40 hit is a toppling emperor
from Nero to Agrippa, so easy to forget the list
their olive garlanded heads like trucker’s hats
slop sipping gladiators in a highway dive,
quarter driven showers and photo booths
for quick love stories, slipping upstairs and in,
no illusions of a lasting romance
only the crinkly reminder of photographs
stuffed hastily into oily wallets.

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