Marty

Marty was a bartender
years of service
me just in

Marty was a cheerful one
always talking, always laughing
friend of all, charmingly slick
a clown, a good guy
i’d say a friend

it took me years to realize
how cheerfulness can be a mask

alcohol, strange hours
slot machines, and alcohol
easy women, alcohol
alcohol, more alcohol

working when the world’s asleep
alcohol and women

three daughters and a tough divorce
alcohol and women

25,
a dream come true
alcohol and women

52,
and wasted years
alcohol and women

Marty,
he cleaned up his act
found a wife who understands
who’s patient and who loves him so
is happy now, but…
alcohol

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