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April 15, 2024


By Wayne F. Burke


An annoyingly chipper
in the early morning
at HENRY’S diner
in the aftermath
of Covid:
she wears a chocolate colored dress and
and a red barrette in her hair
and sends my order to
a gray-haired over-weight cook
of indeterminate gender
as Stevie Wonder
on the radio, sings
“ma Cherie amore.”
Chirpy sir sir sir’s me
half to death
as I search for a newspaper
nowhere found—
the home fries have been done
to death, the
toast slightly burnt;
I eat everything on the plate
before I beat it
out of there,
not responding to the call
of “have a nice day!”
In the street
the birds chirp
but sound far better.

Article © Wayne F. Burke. All rights reserved.
Published on 2023-04-24
Image(s) are public domain.
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