Losing Streak by Rp Verlaine

Hit the blood bank
a cash transfusion
to buy needed thrills.

Tossing back Manhattan’s
and Singapore slings
in a Bronx dive.

Where crucified Jesus
is near naked on wall
next to pin-up dolls.

I dial five times
ten numbers though
I was never good at math.

She says “come see me
bring some cash, no
I ain’t charging you.”

Cops give a long look
as I stagger off the train
on my way to her.

Even with all the
men she’s known
I go in bareback.

Too stupid to ask
what I’ve left to lose
on another losing streak.


©2019 Rp Verlaine


Rp Verlaine has a MFA in creative writing from City College and taught in NY schools for many years. Although he no longer teaches, he continues to write and do photography in NYC. Rp’s most recent poetry collection, Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers was released in 2018.

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