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Month: February 2017

On the Boardwalk

My daughter begged for cotton
candy so I listed the various ills
and getting it stuck in your hair
but she would have none of it
because all of my friends…

You must be out of your cotton-
picking mind 
I said as I passed
a black woman holding a child
by the hand who held the treat
above its much smaller head

And I looked back wondering
if I had offended her; I heard
now don’t pay any mind to
such foolishness;
but it may
very well have been me.

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The Slowpoke

Der emes iz a kricher.
The truth is a slowpoke.
– Yiddish saying

The truth when not drunk
(availing a legitimate excuse)
is a tardy bastard. He saunters
out the door in the morning pulling
himself together as he slopes
to touch strangers in passing;
shambling by unnoticed
at the station as they pause
to reflect and ignite their
numinous epiphanies.

 

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Two Working Women

(for Louis and Steve)

Now that offices are verboten
the woman who sits with her
back to the break room browses
panties and boots but quickly
clicks away when the two men
alight to smile and stroke.

Beside her the executive
holds endless phone meetings
tossing acronyms like grenades
shattering the sixty foot space
with New Jersey diphthongs.
It’s important that those passing
through know she is who she is
despite the absence of the plaque
or the presence of the sphinx
sitting quietly beside her.
 

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