That Kind of Tune || Devon Balwit

(after Craig Finn)

“A Bathtub in the Kitchen” is not a song

to listen to when you’re worried you forgot

to grow up, when your meds are wrong—

not unless you want to wallow and have got

no place to be where your red eyes

would give you away. It’s the kind of tune that picks

scabs and leaves you staining the furniture. Guys,

check this out—you whisper, throat thick

with unshared sorrow. You’re trying to cut

back on alcohol, but pour yourself a little

something to lift the mood. Sunday regrets

sag your pockets. This is a familiar battle

you never win. Monday you’re alive, at least,

the song safely back at the bottom of your playlist.