you have and have not

Martinique smuggling boat

toss a bottle over the side

your wet lips give you away

you have and have not

 

Bogie’s wet lip

is a cigarette lisp

Harry’s hooded eyes

are the big sleepy

Bacall’s wet lip

is a whistle kiss

Slim picks a pocket

Steve? “—put your lips together and— blow”

Brennan’s wet lip

is a lick for booze

Eddie thinks he needs a nap

“Ever get stung by a dead bee?”

Hoagy’s wet lip

is a toothpick twig in the corner

Cricket cameo sings

the “Hong Kong Blues”

Dan’s wet lip

is a crooked French accent

but Renard’s beret and menace are

straight Vichy-soi les affaires

 

Martinique smuggling boat

toss a bottle over the side

your wet lips give you away

you have and have not

About troysherdahl

A blue-collar bohemian with a penchant for fine words and dirty jeans.
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