the rite aid


i need help up front
help up front please
help me up… front

i’ve had enough of the 9-to-5-mohawks
and the tip-top-tight trucker hats
that change colors faster
than the leaves around this time of year
faster than the tone in that
testosterone-infused performance
that would almost be poetry
if he’d just admit it

admit that you’re a man, man
cuz you meant what you said
stop spending more on your hair products
than you do on your words
and notice for once that the woman
behind me in line
is antsy
and frustrated
because she’s got a pregnancy test
clutched between her dog leash
and trembling terrified fingers

pay attention
just this once


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