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  • Keith Banner

King and Clown

nobody understands what it is

the plain exact moment

of what it is


king and clown

finally

here today


which place is

the better place

to work?


i asked that at

their wedding,

but people just laughed


there's real hope

always when you first get that first job

when you're that young


a paycheck

means some-

thing

i mean

have you ever worked a double at

one of those places?


(another question at the wedding

everybody

smiling but moving on)


you smell

like the greasy end

of the world when


you clock out

significantly tired

and since you don't have a car


you have to walk home

in the dark

past the cineplex


the weedy lots

outside your

apartment complex


where at one time

they were going to build

houses but shit


just did not go

and at night the world here

is barren of complications


thank god

you being so tired and

all


one dream gets you through

but most of the time

it's something you only turn to


when you forget what

you're supposed to be doing

and


inside your apartment now

after closing the door

you start to wonder about yourself


you start to reconfigure

i mean

they're just company mascots


kind of

archaic

like getting married


changes anything




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