The Necessary Shakespeare

You have to see her
in the right light
to find it
have her up to your place
for a beer
and alibi speeches
but once you do
it's burned in your skull

that perfect angle
from which she looks more
like an actress
from 19-hundred and 43
than another
shark born swimming
who'll spit you out
over cocktail stories
with friends down at Max's
an exercise in the perverse
at a cost you'll never muster.

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