i like hotels

i like hotels
             because you can read hamlet
under a jesus nitelight
             screaming about betrayal
             while eating powdered donuts
sipping black coffee
             listening to phantom sounds of miles davis
on a busted turntable

or dream about mermaids
             dishing out soup
in 1930's oklahoma
             smoldering under the very sun
that would do in john steinbeck

             or fanciful thoughts of ruby slippers
that never seem to fit
             on a honeymoon
in modesto
touring the boone's farm winery
             forgetting all about wanting
to stomp grapes with mae west
             in boneyard alleys

you can forget about that

             i like hotels because the dreams have vacancies

                          the kind that don't ask questions

John Dorsey is 27yrs old, and currently resides in Toledo Ohio. His work has
recently appeared in fearless, Spent Meat, James River Poetry Review, Typewriter
Voodoo, Out of Order, and Mystery Island Magazine, as well as the recent
collections, "Little Boy Beat:Selected Poems" Paladin M&E, Inc. 2004, and "The
Dusty and Lofty Dreams of Middle Class Fairy Princesses" James River Poetry Review

2004 Underground Voices