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we like to stay up late at night
and smoke cigarettes
pretend we're communists and sip coffee from
dirty white mugs

craig likes to surf and play guitar
he leaves his girl at home
they get on just fine
but fight too much about who
drives back

chris lights a joint and
practices psychology
estimates the worth of his
educated soul to within a
percentage point

mark gets the girls
with his long hair and
leather pants; he wishes he
could pay for
just one more drink

we like to stay up late at night and
smoke cigarettes
quote from the communists and pour wine
into silver cups

phil heaves a sigh and pulls
closer to the blanket on the couch
he gets colder now since he
got sick

guy is the last to leave
he helps pack up the food
scratches his name
into the butter dish
to make some kind of mark

and etienne
is never actually here at all
but sends his regards
and the promise of next week

we like to stay up late at night
and smoke cigarettes
and when we say good night
we take deep breaths
of our cool night air.

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