I coulda been a contender charlie

Jade was a judo champion

represented her county

had eyes

on being an Olympian someday

& I?

was just an ordinary dog seaman

& full of that

we met as bored kids

wandering a small shoreline town

we’d go eat & find a quiet bar

talk for hours

her of her hopes & wishes

& I?

the nothing I felt

so little caught me

except the music the words

down on paper thing

then we’d wander the town

just hanging out

then she never turned up

I walked got something to eat

had a drink in the quiet bar

& wondered on how this too

had not caught me

I coulda been a contender charlie

carrying her kit bag to events

being her number 1 fan

the champions man

but no

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