James Lineberger


IN THE PINK

if you could see
this one she is so beautiful her age
just barely starting to show
still able to hold it in and how she pretends
not to know her effect on others
but thatís not all because get this she is the best
breakfast cook in town
and whatever restaurant she migrates to next thatís where
the truckers and cops and all the others
who are the first
to find the best places to go go to
and the word gets around fast when annette is fixing
to make a move
and who would not fall all over himself
to follow her hoping against hope to make some clever move of his own
dreaming always
that her bold smile is directed at him and no other
except life LIFE doesnít just give
it takes and TAKES AND TAKES said annette
to her niece the other night
said look at this is that a extra line there itís the third time
iíve tried the goddamn thing but i want
to know if i been crying so much i canít see straight or is it just
god hates me
like the preacher said america deserves it and we better wake up
like those people falling upside down off the trade center
because whatís the use
itís him that asshole steve that got me pregnant two months ago
only i lucked out and miscarried and now
this fucked up pissy little test says the bastard went
and did it to me again



Location: Hell's Half Acre, North Carolina
Email: jdline@vnet.net
Publications: Stirring, etc.







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