The security guard’s starry black eyes lifted her out of her seat into the waiting area.
I can’t tell you anything about social security.
I can tell you how to get a numbered ticket,
where to sit,
when we open and when we close
The bald man next to me said he’d moved to Hilo
because there were too many Mexicans and Blacks in California.
My daughter said later that I should have punched him.
The security guard said:
There’s no point in coming before they open.
Let me put it this way.
If you get here early
and there is no line,
the heavens have parted for you
and sent down angels,
unicorns, mermaids, all sorts of
It wasn’t anticlimactic
when she asked me about my
new aqua New Balance running shoes
on my way out.
She said she was going to buy herself a pair
from the store here in the mall