Friday, October 22, 2010

rotten

you complain about something every time you come into the store.
its the tomatoes mostly
they arent red enough
not the right texture
they are on the side, not on the bagel
even though you eat them on your bagel
they are too large, too cold
there are not enough;
"I don't know what they've told you, but i usually get three slices"
everyone else gets two, but you get three
three tomato slices that seven times out of ten will probably rot in the trash
ive asked you several times if youd like to pick out your own tomatoes
and you have, analytically, critically.
ive thrown out hundreds of slices in your name,
decimated crops for your fussy pleasure
i display the slices and i hold my tongue
because inside i would like to ask you a lot of questions
that have nothing to do with tomatoes
they're fucking tomatoes.
one can only wonder what your life is like
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