They Like Their Coffee Iced

June 1, 2010
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H.P. Jackson.
(I think)
A magician with glassy blue eyes

and a trick
with blank cards.
Even though the king showed
and it was all a fake.

There are free rings at Avalon
with mustaches and arrows
because we can’t afford them
and don’t want to.

We like twelve donuts
with a side of rebel
and iced coffee
that makes sugar
go into her eyes.

We didn’t get shocked that one time,
and the sidewalk chalk ran low.

I remember
roofing for two seconds,
climbing up rusted stairs,
yelling at old friends
who took your memories
of that building with them,

the guy at Rita’s who
knew what I was talking about
that one time I ordered “Raspberry Lemonade.”

That day Hannah asked if were were young,
making us look stupid
in front of all those other kids.

She held cancer sticks in her pale hand;
showed them off for us babies to see.
But we aren’t babies.
We just aren’t adults yet.

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Mar. 14, 2011 at 1:32 am
okay, i love the third stanza,the fourth, the fifth. and the last stanza and especially the last two lines. it would be conducive for you to do your dance at the time which is now.
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