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culture clash

Culture Clash

A good
way to
experience
culture clash
is to
read Zen
Mind, Beginner’s
Mind in a
Perkin’s restaurant
at six
in the
morning with
the Muzak
blaring.

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cleaning tools

Cleaning Tools

Short jabs
are like
scouring pads
a plumber’s
snake &
stiff-bristled
brooms.

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capitalism

Capitalism

Capitalism,
supply &
demand–
corporations
demand
your supply.

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bitterness descends

Bitterness Descends

It starts
with a
reaction to
the way
she moves,
to the
hotbed of
children in
the sway of
her hips,
to her eyes,
to her
milk-filled
breasts,
to the
raw bones
of
betrayal
under her
smooth skin.

 

And once
it starts
there’s no
stopping it.

 

The only
escape is
extinction.

 

Realizing this
saves a
lot of
useless involvement.

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borrowed time

Borrowed Time

I’m living on
borrowed time
& I
don’t know
who the
lender is.

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ants

Ants

There are
ants in
the tea
pot & the
butter dish
ants under
the rug
& in the
sugar jar
ants clustered
around a
crushed peanut
next to
the stove
ants in
his hair
shoes
loose-change
jar &
shaving kit.

 

He turns
a page
in the
book he’s
reading &
there’s an
ant on its
hind legs
waving its
feelers
at him.

 

He slams
the book
shut &
heads for
the kitchen.
Two shots
of rye
with a
beer chaser
& then
he showers
& puts
on clean
clothes.

 

Life is
an hour
glass full
of ants.

 

He flips
it over
& heads
out the door.

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