they let you know

if you watch the signs

you get there before them

he was looking for some guy

he felt had done him wrong

& we were stringing along

for nothing else to do

as he stalked the riverfront

looking for his man

& there crossing the junction

there was a clatter of steel

flash shining in the streetlight

he’d accidentally dropped

his pressed steel knuckles

& he called the night as over

this accident confirmed that

as now the cops wouldn’t be long

truth being he hadn’t the guts to do

but felt he had to show out

as a man of violence

tho’ we knew now without doubt

while his resolve might be good

his will to do the actual wicked stuff

was never that strong

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