4 years ago

I woke victorious with $68
and two suitcases to my name.
Parked outside my job in an '84 Cadillac lowrider.
I tucked her deep in the corner away from view.
Reclining the front seat

all the way back with knees

cramped by the steering wheel.
Shutting my eyes, I prayed for sleep.
Growing bored, I wrote my name in graffiti

in the window fogged by

restless breath and

that endless muggy night.
Opening shift was

taken by storm, inside and out.


Raymond Strickland


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