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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Flipping-Off God



 

The first time

was with a bottle

of Jamaican rum

and a big bowl of spaghetti

while watching an R-rated

movie – nude scenes and all –

that one weekend

I got the house to myself.

 

I woke up staggerblind

and learned that God

flips back better,

that spaghetti puke

looks like a leaky jugular

with fishbone sprinkles,

that some things stink

for the rest of your life.

 

The second time

was a decade-and-a-half later

at a bar with a green-eyed girl

I still miss sometimes. It was after

three Long Islands and a sloppy,

I really, really care for you.


            -Danny Earl Simmons