Ray comes all winter
with office supplies.
He calls female workers
spread like wild fire.
Besides reams of paper,
ink cartridges, he carries
the sun. Says it fits perfectly
into his bowling bag.
Sprinting upstairs, balancing
boxes of staples, paper clips,
pens, Ray shouts. “I brought
the sun with me today, slung
it right over my shoulder.”
He brings what they all
want on those icy dark
afternoons to make them
feel sizzling warm.
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Sally thought everything was
up to luck and she had zero.
Her chances got swept
away with yesterday's trash.
Every day working in this
dumpy dinner slinging hash.
There were the regulars
who knew her name and
left good tips. They had
no place else to go.
Her feet swelled up at
the end of lunch rush.
Sally wiped tables filling
ketchup bottles, salt shakers,
sugar jars while staring out the
window at pulsing rain.
Waiting a half hour for the bus,
winds tangling her hair.
She stopped at the market to
bring a few groceries home.
Struggling now to open her door,
only cold rooms would greet her.
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