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The Midwest Home Grown Band: Music

Marshall Heights

(Eric Einhorn)
April 18, 2017
Eric Einhorn

Story about getting older and holding on to dreams that are slowly creeping away. Also a tribute to my good friend Helen on her birthday.

Marshall Heights

The register has a muted ring at the Brick Wall Bar and Grill

Sister Helen tends the faithful from the rectory of swill

It appears the cat escaped the bag on this 14th day of June

Now there's Wallmart decorations, a black Dollar Store balloon

Salutations cross the mirror in fluorescent grease pen ink

Beneath domestic daily specials, shadow scripted pretty pink

Well wishes from her comrades help to keep the tears at bay

Happy birthday Helen, Helen seize the day

Her diary's just half written but she put the pen away

Another asterisk for the bucket list, she'll finish it one day

The best laid plans of mice and men, well you know what they say

She lives in the apartment just above the bar

An arrangement of convenience where she stuffs the cookie jar

With her nickels, dimes and quarters she'll be taking off one day

Seatbelt checks and percosets Helen's just a flight away

Seize the day

Her life's just like her closet, a little bit in disarray

The door stays closed so no one knows what she's got hid away

After all don't all of us have secrets anyway?

Seize the day