Black Poetry : the Chili Bowl...

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  1. Giovanni

    Giovanni Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I.

    i heard Stevie singin' through an old jukebox
    in the corner of the Chili Bowl* on U St.

    i was orderin' cheese-fries...a chili burger...
    & iced tea...snatch'd a vacant booth while my girlfriend sipp'd her tea,
    waitin' on her chili-cheese-fries & turkey dog...


    II.

    my baby don't understand why my stares be involuntary...
    why i be lookin' her up and down like we just met...
    & why i call, "GOOD GOD!!" to her thighs
    when she's walkin' ahead of me...

    i can't help but tell her
    how beautiful she really is...can't help but sneak her smile
    from her face on to my very own...


    III.

    it gets crowd'd...

    i watch her on the phone doin' impersonations & laugh,
    while she smiles back at me and continues her conversation...


    IV.

    she says when i look at her too long
    it makes her uncomfortable...so she puts her hands over my eyes...
    asks me why i look so long into her smile, or her coffee-color'd ovals
    peerin' back at me...

    but she don't understand
    why my stares be involuntary...why i touch her so much, or
    why i'm the way i am, when i'm in her space...

    if she only knew how connect'd she is to my heartbeats,
    she would understand why i need to be around her.


    V.

    i look around the place...see customers accumulatin' like dust
    on a dirty air filter...Parliament Funk's "flashlight" is on the box now...

    she puts away her cell phone...& smiles
    as she catches me dancin' in my seat, with my eyes closed...

    her gigglin' brings me back to the reality of us
    sittin' in a booth, across from each other...we both laugh...
    she tells me how silly i am...and we continue laughin'
    at my expense...

    i watch her while she's laughin'...rememberin' how many times she's told me
    i'm such a good person, and how good things will come back to me...

    i smile while i'm thinkin' to myself, "it already has"...reach for her fingers...
    & lock them in my own...


    *"the Chili Bowl" is Ben's Chili Bowl on U St. NW DC.
     
  2. shaz

    shaz Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ben's Chili Bowl I know it well but to have all that going on at 3:00am (lol) with all those people around, she must be a special lady.
    man this was a real good vibe and i enjoyed the read
     
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