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Feliz año nuevo

new year's eve 2019

here at la fiesta mexico

forest park oh


let me tell you

it's on the money

2 russian guys


at the bar

shrek on the ceiling

tv


tattoos and

margaritas

and a feeling like


no one knows

where you

are


la fiesta

across the street

from the dialysis place


catty-corner to the

aldi's just

a hop skip and a jump


from the autozone

and that one

funeral home


here on painkillers

the old back

causing me trouble


me and bill

emily and caleb

i don't know


2019 was shit

so 2020 will be better

but then you know what


a goddamn plague

what are you gonna

do?


back then

though it was

me on painkillers


unable to get

drunk so the place

felt like unending fever


about to collapse

there was mystery and

hominess


the 2 russian dudes

watching

that green ogre


inviting in the

new year

and yet once you start


noticing you see

there's something wrong

shrek in the middle


of a sentence

frozen

somebody call spectrum ok?


cable here sucks

and the russian guys

order more drinks


they have neanderthal

tendencies

they have scattered souls


jesus

all the shit

they have seen


and the family

across from us doing

some kind of grace before they dig in


chips and salsa

etc

and that frozen green


nobody

hovering above us

and me


knee-deep in

opioids

scared i might get addicted


the one nerve

i know inside myself

telling me to


stop

everybody here is

ok


it's all ok

though

it's all ok





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