in a scene from one of his movies
(which i’ve just made up)
humphrey bogart
with sad­ness in his voice
sim­ply mut­tered “ca ne fait rien, babe”
— it means nothing -
to the woman who was
leav­ing him

as the door slow­ly closed
behind her, he
lit a cigarette
maybe to hide the sadness
in his eyes.

old­er, wis­er, sad­der now
i watch you
walk­ing through the door
only i haven’t
any cigarettes
to hide the sadness
in my eyes…
i gave them away
a long long time ago
just for you.

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