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Banquet Fried Chicken

Updated: Aug 8

i don't know how to tell it

or show it

the intricacies of it being known


just a strange + stupid tendency

to want to

without reason


explain to you this situation here

i don't know

this urge


to let you know

about friday night

groceries


goddamn

what a magnificent

haul


back of some

ford truck we had

abandoned by dad


and yet

things need to get done

like friday night


groceries

such a form of heaven

unseen by bourgeois


eyes

(prior to food stamps

in this sad and silly life)


you pull together

what you got

and then go for it


when you are in

4th grade

this is heaven


in that aforementioned pickup truck

all that glorious

bounty in paperbags


flopping around

and then into your little

house


the treasures of

your night (and i really

mean this)


strawberry pop-tarts

banquet frozen fried chicken

cinnamon toast crunch


lord

have

mercy


such gold

dubloons such

beautiful newness


inside a place

of nothingness and shame

and you keep


carrying in

those bags of

groceries


thinking of hope

and plenty

thinking


of what this means

at least right

now




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