"What Good Am I Baby Without You
Without You, Without You
What Good Am I?
Musette Records 1966

In a fixed stare the new day arrives with him.
Deadlocked pallor and shapes of morning.
We bungle an exchange
a twinge of pleasantries, stuttering nerves.
It all looks like snapped-up glass.

I'm a crick in the neck, designing him
into a pitying chair.
Where dandelion light jangles, obscuring the window
a backdrop of glowering cushions
warms his lovely behind.

Those shoo-off eyes cast spells, I'm stung
with pinpoints of squirmy wounds, and the voice
of Mickie Champion falling, clamping down.

You're a mouth-watering nostalgia,
pepping up blue-black hair
thrashing with floppy hand. I love you,
coil you tenderly, rattled in every pore.

Leaving time will understate your elegance
remind you of the smirr on apple leaves.

Only then I'll try to sleep
and a hundred pure-white pills
sickly in the lowest drawer.

Christopher Barnes

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