Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spin Cycle in Nine Minutes

by Jay Coral

2 - i will thank the homeless dude for opening the door
and slip him ten bucks for his last six pack of beer
+2 - to the rosary-clutching lady, i will say that
like the spin cycle is how a survivor described an earthquake
and entreat her to pray for all abandoned dogs
+2 - i will kiss the prettiest girl in the laundromat
(no time to explain the preciousness of an end-of-the-world smooch)
then offer my blushing face to be smacked
+2 - "blessed are the hungry and the poor in spirit"
despite the wretched mother's shy protestations

i will buy a candy bar to the dirtiest urchin i can find
+1 - and on the waning minute of my popularity i will shout
"i am the loneliest man in the planet and
this is the happiest day of my life"

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