Friday, July 19, 2013

Jerry Waiting


jerry teaches checkers
to the delinquents where i work

we ride the same bus home
sometimes

only we never talk

one time he asked out
my co-worker

wanted to take her for coffee

which
for some reason
offended her delicate sensibilities

so much so
that she threatened
to go to the administration about it

that she flashed her ring
in my face
like a diamond mace

and said
don’t he know
i’m married?

as if that mattered to a man
so clearly desperate for love
and companionship

that he was willing to risk his job

for black bodega sludge
cream and sugar
and a pretty face.



--John Grochalski

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