..from THE POETRY HOTEL.. ‘What Happens At Local Restaurants’


Twenty minutes waiting, people
become impatient
One half hour cheese and grease
are grating

One more time later launch
the brown alligator
Twenty seconds debating
another spider barks

Fifty miles sailing
broken pipes dreams burst
Twenty miles away thumbing rides
to a new horizon

Nothing on fire burns
close to what disfigures thee alive
Smoke and flames desire
what’s cooking on the pyre we deny

©Dean Baker

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