the way to leave them

Poem #7 from tuesday night at emile’s

Back to: tuesday night at emile’s – Introduction

on a night like this

you’ve got to hug your words

got to make them warm
before you let them go

the crowd is in

looking for a show
you’re on first

you want to
let them know
that it’s
worth it
that you’re worth it
that what you’ve got
is what they want to take home
when they leave

never mind

the headline act

never mind

the coughers
the talkers
the late ones coming in
with their lack of

make them



make them want to want you
to stay awhile
hear you give
a little more

like a short encore

to salute them

make them love you
give your heart away

if they’ll listen

pay attention

then bow your way backstage
while they still need what you’re offering

that’s the way

to leave them


for some more

more of you

© Frank Prem 2003

Tuesday Night at Emile’s Poem #8: a small conversation


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